ATP WORLD TOUR 2013 - WEEK 2
Bryans Capture Third Sydney Crown
by ATP Staff|
"It's nice to start the year with a title especially in a tournament with such a tough field," said Bob Bryan. "Australia has been good to us over the years and we hope this win can give us momentum going into Melbourne."
The Americans added to titles in 2009 (d. Nestor/Zimonjic) and 2012 (d. Ebden/Nieminen) as they beat the fourth seeds in 67 minutes. The Bryans broke serve once in each set and won 75 percent of their service points.
"Today's match was very close," said Bob Bryan. "Horia and Max showed this week that they will be a very formidable team. We hope to have the opportunity to play them in many more big matches during the coming years."
As victors, the Bryans received 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and shared $23,950 in prize money.
The Bryans have a 25-7 record at this ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament, having also reached the finals in 2004 (l. to Bjorkman/Woodbridge), 2008 (l. to Gasquet/Tsonga) and 2011 (l. to Dlouhy/Hanley).
"It feels great to start the year strong," said Mike Bryan. "We love coming down here. We've been coming down since 2000 and to win here against eight of the Top 10 teams feels great. We played some great tennis. We just snuck out the first round; we were playing with the house chips in that game. But we pulled some good tennis out."
The 34-year-old Bryans improved their all-time record team title haul to 83 trophies (83-44 record in finals). Last season they compiled a 7-3 record in finals, highlighted by winning their 12th Grand Slam championship at the US Open (d. Paes/Stepanek). At the upcoming Australian Open, they will attempt to lift the trophy for the sixth time and win a record-breaking 13th major team crown. They are tied with John Newcombe and Tony Roche for the all-time mark.
The 35-year-old Mirnyi dropped to a 45-40 record in tour-level doubles finals. The Belarusian was contesting the Sydney final for the first time in eight appearances. The 27-year-old Tecau fell to a 13-12 finals mark.