|Defending champions Bob Bryan, right, and Mike Bryan,|
playing in Indian Wells in March, lost to Jean-Julien Rojer
and Horia Tecau 6-4, 6-4 today in the semifinals of the ATP
World Tour Finals in London. Photo by Paul Bauman
Rojer and Tecau clinched the top spot after defeating the 37-year-old Bryan twins, the defending and four-time champions, for the first time in six matches.
Rojer and Tecau will meet eighth-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Florin Mergea of Romania in Sunday's final (7:30 a.m. PST, Tennis Channel), guaranteeing that a Romanian will win the doubles title for the first time.
Bopanna and Mergea beat third-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil 6-4, 6-2.
The Bryans failed to win a Grand Slam men's doubles title this year for the first time since 2004. The former Stanford stars have won a record 16 Slams in men's doubles.
In addition, Melo replaced the Bryans at No. 1 on Nov. 2. It was the first time since Sept. 9, 2012, that neither Bryan was ranked No. 1.
In singles, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer also advanced to Sunday's final (10 a.m., ESPN2) with straight-set victories.
Djokovic, trying to become the first player to win four straight ATP Finals crowns, dismissed No. 5 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3.
Federer, seeking his seventh ATP Finals title, topped Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3.
Federer, 34, leads the 28-year-old Djokovic 22-21 in their head-to-head series. Federer ended Djokovic's winning streak at 23 matches on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-2 victory in the round-robin phase of the ATP Finals.