Bryans Win Australian Open; Create Doubles History With 13th Grand Slam Title
Courtesy of ATP
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have become the most successful doubles team of all-time after
capturing their 13th major title at the Australian Open on Saturday.
The American twins defeated Dutchmen Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-4 to lift their
sixth trophy at Melbourne Park and overtake John Newcombe and Tony Roche's mark of
12 major titles.
"It feels real good to have that record," said Mike Bryan. "To be a part of history is pretty special.
We weren't thinking about it much out there, but now that we have it, it's going to be fun to look back
on our career and say we have the most Grand Slams. It's a big record, so we're pretty excited
The Bryans were amazingly contesting their ninth Australian Open doubles final in the past 10 years
and were making an Open Era record 23rd appearance in a Grand Slam championship title match. Only John Bromwich and Adrian Quist have won more Australian championship doubles titles (with eight).
The 34-year-old Bryans earn 2000 ATP Doubles Team Rankings points and are way ahead of the second place team. They finished 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 as the World #1ranked team.
Both teams exchanged breaks of serve at the start of the match, but the Bryans settled their early nerves to win four straight games for a 4-1 lead. The pair won the first set in 23 minutes, having hit four aces and 13 winners past the first-time major championship finalists.
The Bryans broke serve in the third game of the second set and maintained their advantage to complete victory on Rod Laver Arena in just 53 minutes. The duo dropped only one set in six matches en route to their 84th tour-level title.