US Open Tennis 2012 Results: Latest on Men's Double Final and More
Bob and Mike Bryan have once again captured a Grand Slam doubles crown after defeating Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, notching their fourth victory at the U.S. Open.
The brothers defeated their counterparts in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-4. It was sweet revenge for the Bryans who lost to the same pair at the 2012 Australian Open.
Even more impressively, the victory gave the Bryans their 12th career Grand Slam doubles title, which is a record that surpasses the original mark set by Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde of Australia.
Per McCarton Ackerman of USOpen.org, the Bryans have a great respect for the doubles legends they just passed.
Mike Bryan said:
It's not going to sink in for a long time. We idolized the Woodies growing up and they were an inspiration to us. But we're just having fun out there and it's been showing in our results.
This great achievement by the Bryan brothers is one of few things to smile about nowadays in American men's tennis. No American man has won a Grand Slam singles title since Andy Roddick did in the 2003 U.S. Open.
Earlier in the tournament, Roddick announced his planned retirement after the 2012 U.S. Open. With that ended any hopes of U.S. dominance or at the very least, success in singles tennis.
But the Bryans are the one bright spot in the sport for their country. Their continued dominance over opposing doubles squads has kept the United States relevant in the tennis world.
And now, with their 2012 U.S. Open win, they can be called the undisputed greatest doubles pair in the history of tennis. That's a pretty impressive distinction for the Bryans and will no doubt help keep the red, white and blue in the minds of collective tennis fans around the globe.
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