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Bryan twins reach Oz Open final

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Melbourne – America's Bryan twins beat Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini Thursday to reach the Australian Open final and move one victory from a record 13th Grand Slam doubles title.

Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan won 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to set up a final against Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling, the Dutch duo who ousted Spanish third seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 7-5, 6-4 in the semi-finals.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Bob Bryan of the United States of America plays a forehand in his doubles Semifinal match with Mike Bryan of the United States of America against Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini of Italy during day eleven of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Bryans, 34, are gunning for their 13th Grand Slam title and sole ownership of the all-time record. They are currently on 12 alongside Australia's John Newcombe and Tony Roche.

Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden kept Australian hopes alive in the mixed doubles as they beat Nadia Petrova and Mahesh Bhupathi 6-3, 3-6, (13/11) in the quarter-finals.

Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak are also through after beating Bob Bryan and India's Sania Mirza 7-5, 6-4.

On Friday, Australian wildcards Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua will play Italian top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci for the women's trophy. – Sapa-AFP

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