|Bob Bryan serves as Mike Bryan waits at the net during|
their first-round victory in the U.S. Open on Aug. 31 in
New York. Photo by Paul Bauman
Third-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan beat eighth-seeded Treat Huey, a Washington, D.C., native who plays for the Philippines, and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 6-4, 6-4 in the last round-robin match for both teams.
The ATP World Tour Finals consists of the top eight singles players of the year and the top eight doubles teams.
The 38-year-old Bryan twins, seeking their fifth title in the tournament, finished 2-1 in the four-team Edberg/Jarryd Group. Second-seeded Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Bruno Soares of Brazil went 3-0 to advance. Sixth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil (1-2) and Huey and Mirnyi (0-3) were eliminated.
Saturday's semifinal matchups will be determined Friday when round-robin play is completed in the Fleming/McEnroe Group. Fifth-seeded Henri Kontinen of Finland and John Peers of Australia lead the standings at 2-0. Fourth-seeded Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez (no relation) of Spain and seventh-seeded Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Rajeev Ram of Carmel, Ind., are tied at 1-1. Top-seeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France are last at 0-2.
The Bryans, who grew up in Camarillo in the Los Angeles area, have won a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles titles but none since the 2014 U.S. Open.
Klahn, a 26-year-old qualifier from the San Diego suburb of Poway, lost to top-seeded Jared Donaldson, a 20-year-old resident of Irvine in the Los Angeles region, 6-4, 6-4.
Klahn was playing in his first tournament in almost two years after undergoing his second operation for a herniated disc in his back in February 2015. Today's match was his sixth in six days, including a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Tennys Sandgren in 1 hour, 47 minutes on Wednesday.
Donaldson reached the third round of the U.S. Open as a qualifier 2 1/2 months ago, shocking 14th-seeded David Goffin of Belgium in the first round.
The 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) Donaldson is ranked No. 109, down from a career-high No. 96 in September. He must return to the top 100 to assure himself of a berth in the main draw of the Australian Open in January.
Klahn, a 6-foot (1.83-meter) left-hander, has dropped out of the rankings after climbing as high as No. 63 in March 2014.