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WTF Preview: Where Slam Champs Lurk Among the Lower Four

November 18, 2011

(I knew I’d fall behind with my preview and have to quadruple up! Anyway, I’m coming at you know with my first look at the World Tour Finals.)

The field at the World Tour Finals can be split up into a tale of two groups (aside from the group division that already takes place): Among the top four, you have eight players that are arguably some of the greatest doubles players to come around in the past 15 years in Bob and Mike Bryan, Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic, Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, and Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.

The rest of the field is composed of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Quereshi, Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau, Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzscher, and Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. And while these four teams might not be able to match the accomplishments of their peers, they still have been playing some of the best ball out there on tour the past couple of years.

One team, in fact, would probably like to put its numbers and accomplishments against any other, and that would have to be Melzer and Petzchner. In the past two seasons, they’ve managed to win two Grand Slam titles: Wimbledon in ’10 and the U.S. Open this year. That’s not an easy feat, particularly is Melzer has become a consistent top 20 threat in singles. The Austrian/German pair has enough firepower and all-court versatility to stand tall against any other squad out there, despite being the most singles-oriented team.

If they break through with a big run in London, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Winning big titles has become their stock in trade lately.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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