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Bryans beat McEnroe brothers in doubles exhibition

Monday - 3/3/2014, 8:40pm  ET

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after he missed a ball against Roger Federer of Switzerland during a semi final match of the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

RACHEL COHEN
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bob and Mike Bryan won an intergenerational matchup of doubles-playing brothers, beating John and Patrick McEnroe 8-3 in an exhibition at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

John McEnroe added a little sizzle to the meeting a few months ago when he made some harsh comments about the current state of doubles, suggesting that top players today are the guys who weren't athletic enough to make it in singles. While the Bryans insisted there were no hard feelings, they respectfully disagree with his opinion, and they played Monday with the seriousness of an ATP Tour match.

There was no aiming any slams toward John's head. Instead, they picked on Patrick's volleys -- he doesn't play as much these days as his more-successful older brother. The twins needed 44 minutes to win the single pro set.

Later, Novak Djokovic faces Andy Murray.


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