THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Bryans Equal Woodies' Record Major Haul
by ATP Staff|
After surviving two nail-biting five-set matches to reach the final, the Bryans enjoyed a much more straightforward victory in the championship match as they dismissed 2010 runners-up Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(2) on Centre Court.
The Americans were contesting their fifth final at the All England Club. They won the trophy for the first time in 2006 (d. Santoro-Zimonjic), but had fallen at the final hurdle in 2005 (l. to Huss-Moodie), 2007 (l. to Clement-Llodra) and 2009 (l. to Nestor-Zimonjic).
"This is as special as it gets," said Mike Bryan. "I always thought we'd play our best at Wimbledon, and we've lost three heartbreaking finals. To get on that board again, to have two Wimbledon titles, is really special. And then to equal the Woodies, a team that we idolised, the greatest team in our mind, is unbelievable. We'd love to try to get to 12 and do that at the US Open."
Bob Bryan added, "It's an honour. We just got to let it seep in a little bit. Every slam we give a hundred per cent. We're happy with what we've done. We're not content or satisfied. But we have smiles on our faces when we walk by our trophy case in the morning. How this career has gone has been a storybook for us."
It was the second major title of the season for the Bryans, who also triumphed at the Australian Open (d. Bhupathi-Paes) in January. They have won six tour-level titles this season, including victory at the AEGON Championships in the lead-up to Wimbledon, and lead the way in the race to qualify for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The top seeds came through a tense semi-final on Friday at The Championships, prevailing 9-7 in the fifth set against Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic, and were gifted the perfect start to Saturday’s final as Tecau double faulted twice to give away his serve in the second game. Untouchable on serve throughout the match, indeed they did not face a single break point, the Bryan brothers went on to close out the first set.
The nervous Tecau also proved to be his team’s weak link at the start of the second set as he once again committed two double faults in his opening service game to surrender a break. It provided the two-set lead for the Bryans and, unlike in the semi-finals, they did not let it slip. They were unable to get a break in the third set, but dominated the deciding tie-break with telling returns and strong serving, sealing victory on their first match point as Tecau netted a forehand volley after one hour and 43 minutes.
"It was an early break in the first two sets, so we got off out of the blocks pretty quick," reflected Mike Bryan. "We're a good front running team, so that gives us a lot of confidence. From yesterday we didn't have a lot in our legs. We knew we had to finish it off in three or four. It was a big serving match. Came down to the breaker in the third. We played a good breaker."
Bob Bryan added, "We got the early break, and sometimes that's all it takes on grass. We played a five setter yesterday. We didn't have a chance to think about it or get nervous about it. We came out there in rhythm from yesterday's match, which helped us."
Victory marked the 73rd team title for the 33-year-old Bryans, who surpassed the Open Era record previously held by the Woodies when they won their 62nd trophy in Los Angeles last year.
Sweden’s Lindstedt and Tecau of Romania suffered disappointment in the Wimbledon final for the second year in a row; in 2010 they lost out to Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner. Both players were attempting to win their first Grand Slam doubles titles.
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