WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN 2014
Bryans Retain Cincinnati Title For 99th Crown
by ATP Staff|
A rematch of this year's Wimbledon final, won by Pospisil and Sock in a thrilling five-setter, the Bryans needed just 53 minutes to successfully defend their Cincinnati crown, winning their 99th team title in their 150th final. The top seeds won an impressive 86 per cent of service points, including 26 of 29 on their first serve. They took advantage of three of six break point opportunities.
"It was amazing to walk out to a packed house today," said Bob. "It was an incredible atmosphere and once again the Cincy crowds have brought out the best in us. Mike and I were really sharp right from the first ball and are extremely excited about this victory."
After taking the first set 6-3, the Bryans earned the decisive break in the second, for a 3-2 lead, when Pospisil sent a volley long. Another Pospisil error would give them the match, as the Canadian was unable to handle a curling slice approach.
Bob and Mike will look to make history at the US Open as the first doubles tandem to win 100 tour-level titles. Their successful title defence in Cincinnati gives them a record 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies, including five at this prestigious hard-court event (2003, '08, '10, '13). The American duo, who have already booked their 12th trip to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as the top-ranked tandem in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, improved to 45-10 on the year.
"Hats off to Jack and Vasek on their impressive run this summer," said Mike. "It's great for doubles to have another marketable team competing for the biggest titles and we look forward to having more competitive battles against them in the future."
Pospisil and Sock, meanwhile, saw their undefeated streak end. The Canadian-American duo entered the final with a 14-0 team mark, having triumphed at Wimbledon and the BB&T Atlanta Open. They enjoyed the best team start in the past 30 years, since Christo van Rensburg and Paul Annacone won 12 straight matches in 1984-85.