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Moodie meets his match
- Updated: July 2, 2009
Ninth-seeded Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman’s great run came to an end in the doubles semi-finals of Wimbledon on Thursday.
South African Moodie and Belgian Norman went out to top-seeded Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in straight sets 7-6 (4) 7-6 (3) 6-4┬á as the twins booked their place in a fourth Wimbledon final.
The Bryans, 31, avenged their recent shock loss to Moodie and Norman in the semi-finals of the French Open at Roland Garros, where the Americans lost in three sets despite winning the first set to love.
They will now go out to win their eighth Grand Slam championship title and 54th tour-level doubles crown in Saturday’s final..
They will play the winners of┬á the match between second seeds and defending champions Daniel Nestor and Zimonjic who are up against Americans James Blake and Mardy Fish.
The twins were able to wrap up victory in two hours and three minutes against Moodie and Norman who had come off two consecutive matches that had lasted longer than four hours.
The Bryans had withstood 26 aces from the racquets of Moodie and Norman, hitting 49 winners ÔÇô including six aces. It was the pair’s fourth straight sets win at The Championships this year.