Tue 25 Jan 2011
Eric Butorac of Rochester, Minn., and his partner Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands Antilles will face top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States in the semifinals of the 2011 Australian Open. The match is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. central time (11 a.m. Thursday in Australia) and is available live on Tennis Channel, espn360.com and DirecTV.
Butorac and Rojer, who were unseeded coming into the tournament, have won four matches thus far in Melbourne. They opened with a three-set win over Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) and Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan). In the second round, they upset 12th-seeded Mark Knowles (Bahamas) and Michal Mertinak (Slovakia) 7-6, 6-0. They then beat David Marrero and Ruben Ramirez Hildalgo, both of Spain, 6-3, 6-4, before upsetting the fourth-seeded Lukasz Kubot (Poland) and Oliver Marach (Austria) 6-3, 6-4.
Butorac and Rojer last played the Bryans competitively at the 2010 LA Open. They lost in a third-set tiebreaker giving the Bryan Brothers their record-setting 62nd career tournament victory. The foursome also played an exhibition in St. Paul on December 5 as part of Butorac’s Minnesota Tennis Challenge at the Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center. The Bryans won that match 6-4, 6-4.
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