The Bryans' toughest test yet

No. 1 doubles team faces longtime nemesis Leander Paes in US Open semis

Updated: September 4, 2013, 7:53 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The throbbing pain in Radek Stepanek's neck had been mounting, and at the same time, the feeling in his right hand had been leaking away. By this past January, it was starting to frighten him.

After losing in the first round of the Australian Open doubles tournament with partner Leander Paes, Stepanek finally went to the doctor. The diagnosis did not surprise him.

"Surgery," Stepanek said Tuesday night, standing outside the men's locker room. "I had a dislocated disc ...

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