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Bryans Triumph In Sydney Doubles Final

Doubles 2012

Bryans© Getty ImagesThe Bryans shared their winning moment with the Sydney ball kids on Sunday.

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured their 76th team title, defeating wild cards Matthew Ebden and Jarkko Nieminen 6-1, 6-4 in the Apia International Sydney final on Sunday.

The Bryans commanded the match from the beginning, opening with a 5-0 lead. They won 77 per cent of their points on serve and did not face a break point. The World No. 1 pair converted three service breaks against Ebden and Nieminen to seal the victory in just 53 minutes. "First of all, congrats to Jarkko on a Herculean effort here in Sydney. Twelve matches in one week is no easy feat," said Bob Bryan. "With that said, it's a nice feeling to get a title this early in the season. I thought we played some great tennis and we hope to carry this momentum into Melbourne Park."

The American twins are now two-time champions at the ATP World Tour 250 event, having first lifted the trophy in 2009. They also finished runners-up in 2011, 2008 and 2004. The Bryans will now head to the Australian Open, an event they’ve won five times in the past six years. "Thanks to everyone for another great event. Sydney is a beautiful city and we always enjoy starting the year here," Mike Bryan said. "We love this tourney and we think it's the perfect springboard into the year's first Grand Slam. We're excited for Melbourne and the rest of 2012."

Ebden and Nieminen, who ousted No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in the quarter-finals, were playing their first tournament together. Ebden dropped to a 2-1 final record, while Nieminen fell to a 2-4 mark. The Finn was bidding to win both the singles and doubles titles at a tournament for the first time, after beating Julien Benneteau earlier Sunday to win the singles crown.

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