Bryan Twins Handle Giant Task, While Nadal and Almagro Will Meet at Quarterfinals
The twin Bob Bryan 6.4 ft, and his brother Mike Bryan with one inch shorter have been making a big impression in the ATP tournaments as a duo. At the French Open the Bryans had to face the couple of the yet taller Americans, Sam Querry of 6-6 ft and John Isner of 6-9 ft.
“That's the largest team we've played,” Bob said. “It's not comfortable playing those guys.”
The Bryan twins, who are the number one seeded, have a lot more experience, citing a Grand Slam history in doubles. The fact is that the twins prevailed with low shots and they defeated Querrey and Isner 7-6 and 6-2, completing the quarterfinals at the Roland Garros.
“If you make them bend, you could see whenever they missed a first serve and you made a good return down at their feet, they're pretty much almost out of the point,” Mike said. “When the big -itting Isner served for the first set with a 5-3 lead, we were already looking forward to the second, we figured a break there would be awfully tough”, stated Mike.
In addition to make the strategy work, the twins won the point and with their hurting breaking serve, the Bryans twisted the match roughly and triumph by far at the end.
Now the twins prepare themselves to play against Luis Horna and Pablo Cuevas on Monday. (O lo deja como estaba, si va a agregar que ganaron el partido)
Bob and Mike won the French Open in 2003 and were finalists in the year 2005 and 2006. In contrast, Isner and Querrey are playing just their second tournament together as a team.
“They're still pretty green on doubles,” Bob said. “They're both young in their careers, and you could just see them being better and better as the match went on.”
On the other hand, Rafael Nadal will play on the single's quarterfinal against his fellow countryman, Nicolas Almagro, who celebrated his qualification to the quarterfinals by shaking the head of some friends and family members. Almagro, who's number 19th in the ATP world ranking, defeated Jeremy Chardy 7-6, 7-6, 7-5.
“I'm going to shave their heads. I'll use the razor. I do not know if I'll shave just part of it. “I do not know how my father is going to react when I shave his head. I will not do that to my mother, because this is the person who is the most important for me in my life.”
Additionally, triple champion Rafael Nadal scored his 25th win in 25 Roland Garros matches, defeating Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, the 22nd seed, with a 6-1, 6-0, 6-2 result.
Verdasco was broken three times in the first set and had to wait until the sixth game of the second set were he managed to cut out a break point, which Nadal comfortably saved. Fernando, had been beaten by Nadal in all five of their matches.
On Tuesday Nadal will face Nicolas Almagro, for a trip to the semis, where he most likely will meet No. 2. 3 seed Novak Djokovic. The Nadal-Djokovic winner will play the final against Roger Federer.