McEnroe, Bjorkman win tiebreak to reach final

Updated: February 19, 2006, 2:23 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- John McEnroe took another successful step in his comeback with a thrilling victory in the doubles semifinals of the SAP Open on Saturday.

AP Photo/Ronen ZilbermanJohn McEnroe and Jonas Bjorkman had to reach back to advance to the doubles final.

McEnroe, 47, and his partner Jonas Bjorkman beat Jaroslav Levinsky and Robert Lindstedt 6-3, 4-6, 10-8, with the third set being decided by a tiebreaker. In the newly-shortened doubles scoring format, the first team to 10 points by a margin of two wins, with no regular third set being played.

McEnroe and Bjorkman will face Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas in Sunday's doubles final. McEnroe is looking for his 78th professional doubles title, to go along with his 77 singles titles.

"There's one more to go and it's two Stanford boys, apparently, so I hope they've got the script right," said McEnroe, who also played at Stanford.

"We've come this far so we might as well go all the way," he added.

McEnroe's reached an ATP final for the first time since winning an indoor doubles title in Paris on Nov. 8, 1992, with his brother, Patrick.

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