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Another Great Milestone Accomplished By the Bryans

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have become the first doubles pair to add a Career Golden Masters to their list of accolades. Their victory at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Sunday marked the final crown of all nine current ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments. 

Together, the Bryans have now won 31 Masters 1000 titles, but for five years Shanghai was the title that eluded them. They overcame Roland Garros champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 7-6(3) in the final to make another piece of history.

“To win here, it's been a long time coming to Shanghai. To finally get across the finish line as the winning team was extra special today," Mike Bryan said.

“It's another great milestone. This week was full of them for us. To come and get in the title match, have a shot at winning the tournament that's eluded us, complete the Golden Masters, is amazing,” Bob Bryan said.

“It was really the last thing left for us to do. We can definitely shut it down today and be happy guys.”

The Bryans' 31 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Titles


Tournament

No.

Years

Cincinnati

5

2003, ’08, ’10, ’13-14

Madrid

5

2006-07, ’10-11, ‘13

Canada (Toronto)

4

2002, ’06, ’10, ‘12

Miami

3

2007-08, ‘14

Monte-Carlo

3

2007, ’11, ‘14

Rome

3

2008, ’10, ‘13

Paris

3

2005, ’07, ‘13

Indian Wells

2

2013-14

Hamburg

2

2007-08

Shanghai

1

2014

 

Playing their 152nd final, the Bryans showed every bit of their experience in the straight-sets victory over the fifth-seeded Frenchmen.

After serving out the first set to love, the Bryans had lost just one point on first serve when they came to serve for the match at 5-4 in the second set, repeatedly beating the French duo for pace at the net. But Benneteau lifted his intensity in a rare nerve-wracked service game from big-serving left-hander Bob Bryan to secure the break back.

The Bryans responded in champion style, securing critical early points in the tie-break to claim the win in 72 minutes. 
“It wasn't an easy victory. It was straight sets, but as you saw at the end, it was a tie-breaker. It got a little sticky. Bob served for the match. They hit some great shots,” Mike Bryan said.

“They're Grand Slam champions, a really good team we played many times before. It just came down to a few points. I thought maybe we played better on some break points, some bigger points.”
It is another entry in the record books for the American twins, who this week secured the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for the 10th time. The 35 year olds earned an unprecedented 100th team crown on home soil at the US Open in September and in 2012 became the second team to complete a career Golden Slam at the London Olympics.

“It's the showcase for doubles with the top eight squads competing. If you don't do well, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth during the off season. You want to finish the year strong, put a cap on a successful season,” Mike Bryan said.

Courtesy of ATP

Amazing Stats:

*** You served your highest percentage of the week at 75%.  That wins titles and that wins Master Series Events and Grand Slams.

***  You won a whopping 86% of your first serves and 64% of your second deliveries.

***  You won 28% of your first returns and a great 46% of your second returns.

***  You won 80% of your service points and 33% of your return points.

***  You had 8 Break Points winning 2 and you fought off 1 of 2 BPs.

***  A dominant 66 points to 51.

***  All in 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Thanks and congrats to Davo for good coaching and scouting. 

You all are gonna have a nice and relaxing flight home now, eh.

So much accomplished this week:

***  Clinching #1 for the 10 year - - - the previous record is 5 by the Woodies.  You have doubled that record.

***  You won #900.

***  You won Shanghai for the first time and now have the Career Golden Master - - - and the ATP WEB Site already has a great piece on that up now.  You guys have been all over that WEB Site this week . . .

Bryans Complete Career Golden Masters

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan added the Career Golden Masters to their list of accolades, becoming the first in singles or doubles to do so.  Their victory at Shanghai on Sunday marked the final crown of all nine current ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments. 


Together, the Bryans have now won 31 Masters 1000 titles, but for five years Shanghai was the title that eluded them.  They overcame Roland Garros champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 7-6(3) in the final to make yet another piece of history.

“To win here, it's been a long time coming to Shanghai.  To finally get across the finish line as the winning team was extra special today," Mike Bryan said.

“It's another great milestone.  This week was full of them for us.  To come and get in the title match, have a shot at winning the tournament that's eluded us, complete the Golden Masters, is amazing,” Bob Bryan said.

“It was really the last thing left for us to do.  We can definitely shut it down today and be happy guys.”

Playing their 152nd final, the Bryans showed every bit of their experience in the straight-sets victory over the fifth-seeded Frenchmen.

“It wasn't an easy victory.  It was straight sets, but as you saw at the end, it was a tie-breaker.  It got a little sticky.  Bob served for the match. They hit some great shots,” Mike Bryan said.

“They're Grand Slam champions, a really good team we played many times before.  It just came down to a few points.  I thought maybe we played better on some break points, some bigger points.”

It is another entry in the record books for the American twins, who this week secured the year-end #1 Team Ranking for the 10th time.  The previous record was five times and that is held by the Woodies, Mark Woodforde-Todd Woodbridge. 

The 35 year olds earned an unprecedented 100th team crown on home soil at the US Open in September and in 2012 became the second team to complete a career Golden Slam at the London Olympics.  Excerpted from the ATP World Tour WEB Site.

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Short Video Clip:
 
Here is a short and great video clip made by the ATP following the Bros. winning Shanghai: http://youtu.be/VmMhluCr64g
 
Fast Facts:
 
***  Bryan Bros. wins in Shanghai included:  def. Lukasz Kubot (Poland)-Robert Lindstedt (Sweden), 6-3, 7-6; Juan Sebastian Cabal-Robert Farah (Columbia), 3-6, 6-4, 10-7; Rohan Bopanna(India)-Florin Mergea (Romania), 7-6, 6-4; Julien Benneteau-Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France), 6-3, 7-6.
 
***  Upcoming Schedule:  Paris Indoors, October 27-November 2; the Masters Cup at the 02 Arena in London,November 9-16; Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Cup, November 17-22.
***  Mike and Bob were so fired up to have had a great and long jam session with the famed guitar player for thePolice, Andy Summers.  Also sitting in were musical producer and arranger and songwriter and master sax player,John Altman.  Here is a really cool and rockin’ 15 seconds of their playing with Andy with Mike on drums and Bobon piano and keyboard bass following their final on Sunday.  http://instagram.com/p/uDURQ7p1dB/
 
***  Following winning their 5th US Open and 16th Grand Slam and 100th title, the Bryan Bros. flew directly toChicago to join the USA Davis Cup Team and along with big John Isner and Sam Querrey and Captain Jim Courier,they were glad to beat Slovakia, 5-0.  Mike ‘n Bob won their match over Norbert Gombos and Lukas Lacko, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and 16 minutes.
 
***  Mike and Bob had a blast throwing out the first pitch at the Dodger Game for the fourth time on Wednesday, September 24.  And they saw the Dodgers win 9-1 and they enjoyed talking with so many of the players who turned out to be tennis fans and also to NBA all-time greats Magic Johnson and Elgin Baylor.
 
***  Thanks to all your support, the Nagu Song, with lyrics by 2 ‘n ½ year old Micaela Bryanand melody and allinstruments and vocals recorded by Grandpa Bryan now has over 955 views on UTube!!   A big thanks for that support and give it a quick look if you haven’t seen it as yet:  youtu.be/BMid2ZPF_rk 
 
***  Coach Bryan enjoyed going up for the UCSB Classic College Tournament over the three day weekend:  Former Cal star and tour player Marty Davis did a fantastic job running the event that featured players from nine college teams.  Gaucho #1 Tobias Galskov took third in the A Flight and combined with Ziad Sultan to take second in the doubles, while Morgan Mays and Teague Hamilton also did well in the A Flight, and Erik Johnsson and Nathan Eshmade took 3rd and 5th in the B Flight.  It was fun to see La Cumbre Country Club pro John Kinsella up there, along with Malibu pro John McCampbell.  Top SB Junior Luca Pieretti was also there with her Mom and brothers.
 
***  Mike had good workouts doing “two on ones” with four different UCSB players at the beautiful Spanish Hills CC before going to Asia.  They got him super sharp and helped him win the Shanghai tournament.
 
***  Mike and Bob send along big congrats to their Davis Cup Teammate Sam Querreywho won threeChallenger Titles in a row at the beautiful NorCal cities of Napa, Sacramento and Tiburon, raising his ranking back up to #40.  They also say well done to their teammate John Isner, who made the quarters at Beijing and the third round at Shanghai and to Stevie Johnson who made the third round at Tokyo.  We hope you will think about voting for one of these three players on the ATP Site.  See QUICK VOTE above.  It is really easy and just takes a few seconds.
 
***  The USA Davis Cup Team will play Great Britain away in the first round of the World Group in 2015.  The dates are the week of March 2, right before Indian Wells.
 
***  The Bros. send along a big congratulations to their music and tennis pals, Jim Bogios, the great drummer of the Counting Crows, and to James Valentine, the amazing lead guitar player for Maroon 5, and they say congrats to both these bands on the fantastic new albums, Somewhere Under Wonderland and V.  Mike and Bob always love hitting balls and playing music with these two monster talents and great guys.
 
***  The Bryan Brothers Foundation was proud and happy to take a group of deserving juniors to the Davis Cup in Chicago.  These great kids came from Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, Nevada, Ohio, Illinoisand Louisiana, and included:  Aminah Hill, Luca Pieretti, Ty Grossman, Ben Wang, Erin Wilson, Ethan Wang, Nikki Newell, Jasmine Washington, Selena Williams, Paris Washington, Alyssa McCalin, Noah Laber, Riley Clark, Chase Currie, and Kelly Coulson.  We had rockin’ workouts each morning at the beautiful River Trails Tennis Center and besides Coach Bryan, other coaches that did a great job helping out included Ann Grossman, Mark Bey, Tracie Currie, Pennie Lou Clark, and Lew Deleon.  Heading up the trip were the dynamic triumvirate of VCJTA President, Terry Lynch, SBTP President CathyAnn Simon, and USTA Southern’s Gina Marano.  Adults who added so much to the trip included Peter Brual, Roger Wang, Ron and Peggy Gouger, Nickand Xuchitl Corso, Nina Washington, and Amber Vanderzalm and Tiffany and the Bryan Bunch crew.  Special thanks to generous and kind and fun Peter Brual for taking our entire group out for a gala celebration dinner at the Stone Eagle Restaurant on Saturday Night.
 
***  Mike and Bob say congrats to Lucie for taking 3rd in her division at the Horse Jumping Event at the venerable Earl Warren Show Grounds in picturesque Santa Barbara.  Her pal Kaley Cuoco, star of the #1 ranked Sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, also did well and won her events.  These two look great in the saddle and Wayne and Kathy and Gary and Layne and John and Morgan and the gang had a blast rooting them on.
 
***  Speaking of Kaley, her new husband, Ryan Sweeting, is training hard with coach Craig Boynton and has recovered well from back surgery and is hitting sharp and in good shape.  He plans to play his first event in aChallenger in Hawaii in January.

***  Mike and Bob dedicated their win in Shanghai to Vic Braden, who passed away on Monday, October 6, at the age of 85.  The Bros. and the entire Bryan Family send along their most heartfelt sympathy to Melody and the Bradens on their loss.  They wrote:  “Vic was a wonderful coach who did so much to popularize the game and he represented the very best of the human spirit.  He had a huge influence on our Dad and he also helped us along the way and he was always the first to congratulate us on the big wins we had on our tennis journey through the juniors, at Stanford and in the pros.  The whole tennis world will miss the charismatic Vic who had a heart as big as all outdoors.  He was one of a kind and improved the tennis landscape forever . . .”