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Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will retire after this year's US Open in New York.

Bryans Bid Farewell To Australian Open

Dodig/Polasek advance in straight sets

Six titles. 77 victories. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan’s record at Melbourne Park speaks for itself.

The American twins’ final Australian Open campaign came to an end on Monday, after falling to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat against fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in the third round.

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Dodig and Polasek won 95 per cent of first-serve points (35/37) to advance after 70 minutes, ending the 41-year-old Bryans’ hopes of a seventh trophy at the opening Grand Slam of the year. The Bryans lifted their sixth title in Melbourne in 2013, beating Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling in the championship match.

The six-time champions will retire following the US Open, the scene of their Grand Slam debut in 1995. The Bryans own 16 Grand Slam titles as a pair, an all-time team record in men’s doubles.

Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin moved one win away from the championship match, ending Day 8 on Rod Laver Arena with a 7-6(6), 7-5 quarter-final victory against Australian wild cards James Duckworth and Marc Polmans.

The Kazakhs, who broke serve on four occasions, will face Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury or Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the final.

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Ram and Salisbury, the No. 11 seeds, saved seven set points en route to upsetting No. 6 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 7-6(11). Ram and Salisbury fought back from 3/6 to 6/6 in the second-set tie-break, then saved more set points at 6/7, 7/8, 8/9 and 10/11 before converting on their second match point. This is Ram’s fourth trip to the quarter-finals in Melbourne and the first for Salisbury.

Kontinen and Struff needed one hour and 27 minutes to move past Simone Bolelli and Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-3. Kontinen is aiming to lift his second title in Melbourne after prevailing in 2017 (w/Peers).

Santiago Gonzalez and Ken Skupski booked their place in the quarter-finals, defeating 16th seeds Austin Krajicek and Franko Skugor 6-3, 6-4. The unseeded pairing converted two of three break points to advance after 63 minutes. Gonzalez and Skupski will face Australian wild cards Max Purcell and Luke Saville for a spot in the semi-finals.