Bryans Win 75th Team Title In Valencia
by ATP Staff|
World No. 1 doubles pairing Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan claimed their 75th team title on Sunday, defeating Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 7-6(9) in the Valencia Open 500 final. "It feels good to come away with another title here in the indoor season," said Mike Bryan. "I think today's final was high quality tennis by all four players and fortunately we squeaked out the second set breaker."
The 33-year-old twins have now won eight titles in 2011, highlighted by triumphs at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Monte-Carlo and Madrid, and have secured their year-end finish as the top-ranked doubles team. They were appearing in Valencia for the first time since 2003, when the event was held on clay. "We had a fun week in Valencia and we were really impressed with how great this tournament is," praised Mike Bryan. "Hopefully we can keep our roll going into the last few tournaments of the year."
The Americans converted the lone break point in the first set and broke their opponents early in the second set before Butorac and Rojer broke back to make it an interesting contest, forcing the Bryans to play a tie-break. Butorac and Rojer had their chances to extend the match to a deciding Match Tie-break, but the Bryans snatched a late mini-break and subsequently clinched the victory in one hour and 15 minutes.
Butorac and Rojer were looking to hoist their fourth trophy of the season, having been victorious in Estoril, Nice and Kuala Lumpur. With their run this week, the two have moved to No. 8 in the 2011 ATP Doubles Team Rankings with one tournament left to go. They are just 15 points ahead of ninth-ranked Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski heading into the BNP Paribas Masters.