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Bryans Beat Mirnyi-Nestor In Vienna Final

Bryans© e|motion/zolles.comThe Bryans won the Erste Bank Open title for the first time.

Top-seeded Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won their first title since Wimbledon as they defeated No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6(10), 6-3 on Sunday at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

The Bryans secured the match’s only break of serve in the second set and proceeded to close out the victory after one hour and 14 minutes. It was the first meeting between the two pairs, who have both already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

"It feels good to get back in the winners’ circle," said Mike Bryan. "We haven’t won a title since Wimbledon. Hopefully it bodes well for the rest of the indoor season and hopefully we continue playing well and build toward London."

The 33-year-old American twins have now won seven titles this season and a team record 74 overall. They were contesting their 10th final of 2011, claiming titles earlier this year at the Australian Open, Houston, Monte-Carlo, Madrid, Queen’s Club and Wimbledon and finishing runners-up in Sydney, Barcelona and Montreal.

The Bryans were making their first appearance at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament since a first-round exit on their debut in 2002. They had saved one match point in their first-round match this week, prevailing over Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya in a Match Tie-break.

"It feels good to come back to Vienna since we haven’t been back since 2002," said Mike. "I thought we played really well all week. We escaped a scare in the first-round and felt we had no pressure the rest of the week. I thought today was great tennis and it came down to a few points in that first set breaker, and we had a little luck and carried the momentum."

The Bryans will play the next two weeks at the Valencia Open 500 and BNP Paribas Masters, before concluding their season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. "We feel pretty rested because we haven’t strung too many [tournaments] together in recent months," said Bob Bryan. "We’re pretty healthy physically and mentally and we’re obviously happy to beat two legends out there today. Whenever you beat Danny and Max you have to play your best tennis."

Mirnyi and Nestor were attempting to collect their fourth title together, and their second straight after winning the Shanghai Rolex Masters two weeks ago.

"These guys are two of the greatest doubles players of all time," said Mike. "It’s a pleasure to play against them today, and they’re two of the nicest guys on the tour. We had a lot of fun."

Both Mirnyi and Nestor are former Vienna champions. Mirnyi triumphed in 2008 with Andy Ram, while Nestor captured the title last year with Nenad Zimonjic and also took home the 2005 crown with Mark Knowles.

"Congratulations to the brothers - the best team in the world. They showed it today," said Nestor, a winner of 74 doubles titles during his career. "They played a great match. We had a couple chances early, but we didn’t take them and they’re going to make you capitalise for that."

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