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Bryan Bros win their 5th Aussie title for a total of 10 Grand Slam victories.

Bob and Mike Bryan spoiled the reunion party for Indian veterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi to claim their fifth Australian Open men’s doubles title in six years. The 32-year-old Bryans, the world’s top-ranked pairing, downed 36-year-old Bhupathi and 37-year-old Paes 6-3 6-4 to make it three straight titles at Melbourne Park, having also claimed the event in 2006 and 2007. Their five Australian Open crowns give them 10 grand slam titles as a combination overall, including at least one of each of the majors. They already held the record for the most tournament titles of any men’s pairing in the Open era, which they stretched to 68, seven clear of retired Australians Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge. They are also closing in on the Woodies’ collection of 11 grand slam trophies, and are within two of the Open era record of 12, held by another Australian pairing of John Newcombe and Tony Roche.

Bhupathi and Paes had been hoping to complete a remarkable comeback story. They were formerly a formidable combination, but their most recent previous grand slam tournament together was in 2002. The Indians had been seeking a career grand slam, each having won the French Open, US Open and Wimbledon either together, or with other partners during their long tennis estrangement.

The identical and identically-dressed Bryans – right-hander Mike is two minutes older than left-hander Bob – celebrated their victory with their familiar chest bump.


Polish duo upset Bryan Bros to stay alive.

Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski kept Group A wide open at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday, when they saved three match points against World No. 1 team Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in a 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-8 victory. The 32-year-old Bryan twins could have qualified for the semi-finals if they had won after Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner had denied Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes their first win earlier in the day. Fyrstenberg and Matkowski came alive in the nick of time towards the end of the second set, fighting back for a famous win in one hour and 38 minutes that snapped a three-match losing streak against the Bryans.


The Bryans won the title but Qureshi and Bopanna are also winners.

The best measure of what India’s Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi accomplished at the U.S. Open could be found in the stands, not the scoreline.

The doubles team reached the U.S. Open final Wednesday, winning a match that brought the United Nations ambassadors from their long-at-odds countries to Flushing Meadows to watch the action together.

The idea of Pakistan and India on the same side of anything has long been considered far-flung. These neighboring countries have been through three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947 and spent most of the time between in a state of distrust and heightened military tension.

“This is sports, but it shows the great potential,” India’s ambassador, Hardeep Puri, told The Associated Press.

They lost 7-6, 7-6 in today’s final to Mike and Bob Bryan, the winningest doubles team in history.

Bopanna and Qureshi — the “Indo-Pak Express” they call themselves — came together more for convenience than for message-sending. There’s very little top-level tennis in Pakistan, so to find a partner, Qureshi had to look to his neighboring country.

They started in 2003, played on and off since then. Their story gathered steam earlier this year when they started wearing sweat shirts with slogans reading “Stop War, Start Tennis” as part of a campaign backed by a Monaco-based group called Peace and Sport.


62 and counting for the remarkable Bryan Bros!


Bob and Mike Bryan won their record 62nd career doubles title on the ATP Tour on Sunday.

The twin brothers defeated American Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands Antilles 6-7 (8-6), 6-2 (10-7) in the Farmers Classic, the Bryans’ 100th career final.

They had been tied with Hall of Famers Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde of Australia, who won 61 titles.

“The Woodies put a record way out there. Sixty-one was Mount Everest when we started,” Mike Bryan said. “We love what we do. To get this, one of their many records, is special.”

Woodforde was on hand to congratulate the brothers.

“For many, many years you’ve been traveling in elite company. Thanks to the victory today you’re in rarefied air. You guys stand together as one,” he said. “I know this 62nd victory has been waiting since May. Our run sort of ended because I elected to retire, but I know you two will continue for years to come. The floodgates will open entirely, so I know 70, 80 will come.”

The Bryans won their sixth title in the tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus, not far from their hometown of Camarillo in Ventura County.

It was their 16th consecutive match win in the Farmers Classic. Mike jumped into Bob’s arms to celebrate in front of several family members, including parents Wayne and Kathy.


Roddick fails again on clay. Bryan Bros. upset in doubles.

Andy Roddick proved to those who still didn’t believe, that he just can’t play on red clay as has lost in the third round of the French Open to 114th-ranked qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia.

Gabashvili beat the sixth-seeded Roddick 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

Roddick was broken four times and never looked capable of turning the match around.

Throwing his racket and grumbling, Roddick tried to play more offensive tennis in the third set only to be punished by Gabashvili’s passing shots.

Roddick won the 2003 U.S. Open but has only made it to the fourth round at Roland Garros once, last year.

American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have been upset in the second round of French Open men’s doubles by unseeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.

The top-seeded Bryans lost 6-3, 7-6 (6) Saturday, ending their bid for a record 62nd career doubles championship.

They tied the Open era mark of 61 men’s doubles titles – originally set by the retired Australian pair of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde – by winning at the Madrid Masters two weeks ago.


Bryan Bros will have to step up as leaders for the USA team.

With newcomers John Isner and Sam Querrey stepping up to the role of Davis Cup singles players, this will be the first time that the Bryans will be without the competition’s veterans Andy Roddick and James Blake in the squad, a foursome that posted a 9-2 winning record together in Davis Cup.

“It’s going to be a little bit different, it’s going to feel weird,” says Bob. “Those guys have been a rock of the team and we’re kind of stepping into that leadership role. But we’ve got Querrey and Isner really eager to play and we expect great things from those guys.”

Captain Patrick McEnroe’s team will be taking on world No. 2 Novak Djokovic, doubles No. 1 Nenad Zimonjic, Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic on indoor clay at the Belgrade Arena in what is sure to be an extremely tight first round clash.

Although the Bryans, who turn 32 next month, have always been the older members of the team over the years, they have never been the leaders, so the mentoring role they will assume this weekend will be a new experience for both of them.

“We’ll probably be doing a little pre-match speech in the locker room,” says Mike. “It’s funny being the older guys on the team and having some youngsters we’ve got to lead.”

The Bryans come into the tie with an unbeaten record on clay in Davis Cup doubles. At the 2004 Final against Spain, they won USA’s only live point of the tie before Spain went on to take the title.

Then three years later in the Final against Russia in Portland, they scored the winning point to crown USA Davis Cup champion for the first time in 12 years, an achievement Roddick described as “the final goal”.

What do the twins make of the 20,000 Serbian fans flocking to the Belgrade Arena this weekend? “We’re calling it ‘disturbia’!” laughs Bob.

“It’s going to be tough, it’s probably going to be the most hostile atmosphere we’ve ever played in. We know that the doubles point is huge and it could be the swing point so we’re going to treat it like a Grand Slam final and try to win,” adds Mike.


Bryan Bros. even donate their clothes for charity!

Twins Mike and Bob, the top men’s doubles tennis team in the world, donated their shirts, shoes, hats, sunglasses, watches and even underwear – all signed – to an auction at the Zeno/Canon Tennis Challenge 2 event. All proceeds went to the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.

The brothers left Mayor Rick Lott’s house without shoes, in old T-shirts and warm-ups.

“The Bryans were so unbelievably gracious of their time, and they did so much beyond what they had to do contractually,” said event organizer Rhett Rollyson. “It was wonderful.”

Many Polk County tennis players and fans attended the event to watch the coolest tandem to hit the courts in years.


Bryan Bros. win their 5th. ATP Championship title.

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan were crowned ATP World Tour Doubles Champions for the fifth time in seven years after defeating Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram 7-6(5), 6-3 to win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Sunday at The O2 in London.

For the second year in a row, the battle for the year-end No. 1 ATP Doubles Team Ranking came down to the last match of the season, with the Bryans needing to win the title to reclaim the crown they previously held in 2003 and ’05-07. Last year they lost out to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in a winner-take-all final at the season climax in Shanghai.

The Bryans came into the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with only a slim chance of finishing No. 1 in the 2009 ATP Doubles Team Rankings. They trailed their rivals, Nestor and Zimonjic, by 830 points and had lost their past two matches on the ATP World Tour. The twins were ominously defeated by Mirnyi and Ram in their opening round-robin match, but hit back strongly and played what they later claimed was their best match of the year to clinch the title.

“It means so much,” said Bob Bryan. “It’s pretty much what we play for now. That’s the goal. Play well in the slams, but the ultimate goal is to finish No. 1. We felt like it was stolen from us last year. Now we kind of crept up on those guys and stole it from them this year. We feel like it’s a little bit of a payback.”

“To come full circle, do it in the last tournament, with so much riding on this one match, it’s huge,” agreed Mike Bryan. “We’re going to be talking about this match for the rest of our lives. There’s nothing sweeter than this.”

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