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Mike Bryan, left, and Bob Bryan are going for their seventh Houston doubles team title this week.


All-time greats will next face Mirnyi/Oswald

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will turn 40 on 29 April. But the six-time Houston champions are showing no signs of slowing down.

The Americans advanced to the semi-finals of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Thursday, beating another team of brothers in Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski 4-6, 6-3, 10-6.

The Bryans raised their level after dropping the first set. They didn’t face a break point in the second set, and in the Match Tie-break, they won all three second-serve return points. The Bryans will next meet Max Mirnyi/Philipp Oswald, who squeezed past Scott Lipsky/Tennys Sandgren 6-7(4), 7-6(1), 11-9.

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It will mark the 55th time the Bryans have faced Mirnyi, who turned 40 last July. The Bryans are 31-23 against the 6’5” right-hander, who has had 22 doubles partners against the American greats.

In other doubles action, Andre Begemann and Antonio Sancic beat 2017 Roland Garros doubles finalists Santiago Gonzalez/Donald Young 7-6(4), 6-2. Begemann/Sancic will next play 2017 Houston doubles finalists Dustin Brown and Frances Tiafoe, who dismissed Ivo Karlovic and Daniel Nestor 7-6(5), 6-3.

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Houston will be the 24th event where the Bryans and Mirnyi will have played.

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