US Men's Clay Court Championship
Bryans Win Fourth Title In 2009
by ATP Staff|
ATP World Tour No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan needed only 49 minutes to defeat the American wild card duo of Jesse Levine and Ryan Sweeting 6-1, 6-2, in the final of the US Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston on Saturday.
The Bryan brothers improved to an ATP World Tour-best 26-3 match record with their fourth title of the season and their second title in three years in Houston. Their other titles in 2009 have come in Sydney, the Australian Open and Delray Beach. The Bryans are 53-33 lifetime in finals.
The Bryans broke the first-time ATP World Tour finalists six times while losing their serve twice. Overall, they won 54 to 31 points in the match.
"We got an early lead on these guys and luckily we stayed hot the whole way," said Bob Bryan. "We were extra focused continuing through the match. It always feels good to win a title and it's awesome to start the first quarter of the year with four titles and it couldn't be going any better for us."
Mike Bryan added, "It feels great when you leave a week and you haven't lost. We're very happy with the first tournament of the clay court season. We are looking forward to going to Europe and we're going to be over there for 14 weeks. It's really important to win a title on the clay and getting your balance and a lot of confidence. We got four matches under our belt and we look to build on that."
Levine and Sweeting advanced to the final with victories over No. 3 seeds Arnold Ker-Damm in the first round and No. 2 seeds Fisher-Kerr in the semi-finals.