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2012 Daily Tennis News Wire -
Roland Garros
Paris, France
Friday Men's Tennis Summary

Roland Garros
Doubles - Semifinal: (1) Mirnyi/Nestor def. (14) Bracciali/Starace 6-3 6-4
Thirteen straight wins here for Mirnyi/Nestor. But the big one will be the next one, because...

Doubles - Semifinal: (2) Bryan/Bryan def. (10) Qureshi/Rojer 6-3 7-6(8-6)
...this means that we will have a final with the #1 ranking on the line. If Mirnyi/Nestor defend their title, they will keep the #1 spots. If the Bryans win, the Bryans take the top spots. We currently show the Top Ten as follows:
1..(3) Bryan..............8910
1..(3) Bryan..............8910
3..(1) Mirnyi.............8650
3..(1) Nestor.............8650
5..(5) Llodra.............6760
6..(6) Zimonjic...........6740
7..(7) Paes...............6375
8..(8) Fyrstenberg........5995
8..(8) Matkowski..........5995
10.(10) Lindstedt..........5200
10.(11) Tecau..............5200
Both teams have won the title in the past, but this has been the toughest Slam for the Bryans. Mirnyi/Nestor have on the whole had better luck here; each has won with multiple partners. On the other hand, they're getting older....

Mixed Doubles - Final: (7) Mirza/Bhupathi def. Jans-Ignacik/S Gonzalez 7-6(7-3) 6-1
Experience, it seems, still counts. Mahesh Bhupathi has plenty of Slams, and Sania Mirza has titles and finals, and Jans-Ignacik/Gonzalez have nothing. It was a pretty thorough collapse. For Bhupathi, that puts him right behind his ex-partner Leander Paes in the contest for mixed #1:
1....Paes.............3733
2....Bhupathi.........2467
3....Nestor...........1567
4....Hanley...........1500
5....Zimonjic.........1483
6....BryanB...........1150
7....Melzer...........1150
8....Tecau............1150
9....Sock.............1000
10....Lipsky............967
Sania Mirza isn't nearly so strong, but she has herself in the Top Ten:
1....Vesnina..........2383
2....BlackC...........1967
3....Srebotnik........1917
4....HuberL...........1867
5....Mattek-Sands.....1833
6....Benesova.........1700
7....Mirza............1700
8....Chan.............1400
9....Raymond..........1267
10....Dulko............1017
This gives us a rather interesting situation for the Olympics. A lot of the top players come from countries where partners are lacking -- e.g. there are no strong Russian men to play with Vesnina, or strong Canadian women to play with Nestor. The Americans will probably have a strong team. Still, Mirza/Bhupathi will surely be among the favorites, if not the favorites....




 

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