Photo: Paul ZimmerBob and Mike Bryan (USA)
Bob and Mike Bryan made history on Saturday as they became the first doubles team to hold all four Grand Slam doubles titles at the same time in the Open Era. The twins defeated Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 36 63 64 64 in the men’s doubles final to secure their third Wimbledon crown.
Dodig and Melo got off to a flying start and soon found themselves 5-0 up after what the Bryans described as being a ‘rough start’. Dodig and Melo duly took the first set in their first major men’s doubles final but once the American brothers had conquered their nerves and got out of the blocks there was no looking back.
Their victory, which was their 15th Grand Slam doubles title, ensured the Bryans completed a ‘Golden Bryan Slam’ as they also won the gold medal in the men’s doubles at the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event.
“It's been a really good run for us but we've just taken it one point at a time and it's added up over this amazing two and a half months,” said Bob. “I can't explain it. We've been working hard and taking care of our bodies. We've put the game in the right perspective in our life. When we lose, it's not the end of the world.”
The Bryans have not lost a match since Monte Carlo-1000 and have now won their last 24
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