Bryan twins win U.S. Open men’s doubles

THE BRYAN brothers kept adding to their hardware collection by winning the U.S. Open men’s doubles title on Friday.

It was the 12th Grand Slam title for the American twins, an Open-era record. They had been tied with Australian greats Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde for the most in the Open era, which started in 1968.

”We looked up to the Woodies, and to steal all their records is unbelievable because we idolize those guys,” Mike said. ”They’re one of the reasons we play doubles.”

The Bryans, seeded No. 2, beat Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 6-4 without facing a break point.

In the third round, they were two points from losing the match in a second-set tiebreaker when Bob pulled off a between-the-legs trick shot – and they went on to win in three sets. After needing two tiebreakers in the quarterfinals to move on, the Bryans won their last two matches with little hassle.

Last month, they achieved their biggest goal of 2012 by winning their first Olympic gold medals at the London Games. Noli Cruz


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