Yesterday’s tennis saw history made as Novak Djokovic became only the second player to beat Rafael Nadal on the Roland Garros clay.
Today could see further endeavours added to the annals, with no less than three players in with a chance of landing both the single sex and mixed doubles tournaments.
Mike Bryan and his brother Bob are 2/5 to beat Simone Bolleli and Fabio Fognini in the semi-finals of this year’s competition in Paris.
Later in the same day Mike, the elder of the twins by two minutes, will step out onto Court Philippe Chatrier for a second time.
Bryan the elder, will return to the clay for the final of the mixed doubles alongside Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Just as in the men’s semi he’s fancied to prevail, with the duo 1/2 to down the Czech/Polish axis of Lucie Hradecka and Marcin Matkowski.
Such has been the Bryan brothers’ dominance over the doubles scene that landing a Grand Slam doubles double won’t be a first for the family.
Bob did it at Flushing Meadows in 2010, however Mike achieved his brace at precisely the tournament he seeks to do so again, Roland Garros in 2003.
The latter’s partner, Mattek-Sands, also remains in the hunt for a doubles double, alongside Lucie Safarova, herself seeking yet another two-timer in Paris, ahead of a singles semi-final against Ana Ivanovic.
Mattek-Sands and Safarova are 57/100 to win their ladies semi-final with Hradecka, yet another double-seeker, in opposition alongside Andrea Hlaváčková.
Despite her proximity to not one, but two doubles trophies the Czech is unfancied on both fronts.
The bwin layers have her at 7/5 to thwart Bryan in the mixed tournament, while she’s even longer at 29/20 to reach the women’s final.