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Bryans Claim Delray Beach Hat-trick

Delray Beach, U.S.A.

Bryans© Alese PechterMike and Bob Bryan won their 94th team title.

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan claimed a hat-trick of titles at the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas on Sunday as they defeated Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin 6-2, 6-3 in the final. The Bryans prevailed in 54 minutes, winning 77 per cent of their service points and breaking their opponents three times.

The Americans were congratulated afterwards by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, a winner of 18 major trophies. The brothers added to the Delray Beach trophies they had lifted in 2009 (d. Melo/Sa) and 2010 (d. Marx/Zelenay).

"[Nicklaus] is a good friend," said Mike Bryan. "He's been to watch us at Wimbledon a few times. He loves tennis. Bob won his tournament last year. He's a great, great guy to know. We're huge fans of him. It was good to see him in the front row."

The 35-year-old twins captured their 94th tour-level doubles crown together and first of the season. The last time they went into February or later without winning a title was in 2008. They finished runners-up last week in Memphis (l. to Butorac/Klaasen). The twins have a 94-49 finals record. 

"[100 titles] is our next big goal," said Bob Bryan. "We're very happy to kick start the year here in Delray. Get that first [title] of the season, get that confidence flowing and take it into the next couple of Masters 1000s. It's been a few years since we won the Miami tournament, so we want to put in a good showing there.

"We've always had good Australias; it's always been an incredible start of the year there. This was the first year we came back with nothing to show for our hard work in the off-season. Now it's starting to pay off a little bit, we're starting to hit our stride."

"We never thought we'd get this high," added Mike Bryan. "We always were shooting for the Woodies' number. Then we hit 61 [titles] and we took off. The pressure was released and we've had a couple of big years. Last year was the best year we've ever had. To hit triple digits would be very special."

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