Bryans reach fifth Wimbledon final

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The top-seeded twin Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, snuck out a semifinal victory Friday to reach the men's doubles final at Wimbledon for a fifth time.

The American stalwarts will face last year's runners-up, Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Romanian Horia Tecau, in Saturday's finale on Centre Court at the All England Club. An eighth-seeded Lindtsedt-Tecau topped an unseeded duo of German Christopher Kas and Austrian Alexander Peya 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in the other semifinal here on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Bryans went the distance Friday to top a sixth-seeded tandem of Frenchman Michael Llodra and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 6-7 (4-7), 9-7 in 3 hours, 37 minutes. Zimonjic is a two-time Wimbledon doubles champion, while Llodra was a doubles winner here in 2007.

The Bryans topped last year's Wimbledon champions, Austrian Jurgen Melzer and German Philipp Petzschner, in the quarterfinals here on Thursday.

The mighty Bryans are the reigning Australian Open and U.S. Open titlists. They captured their lone Wimbledon title back in 2006 and have been the runner-up at the All England Club on three other occasions.

Nicknamed "The Wonder Twins," the Bryans have won 10 Grand Slam doubles titles as a unit.

The 2011 Wimbledon doubles champs will split $400,000.


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