bob and mike bryan capture historic 100th team title and their 5th us open trophy
Release Date: September 7th, 2014
Client: Bob & Mike Bryan
September 7, 2014, FLUSHING, NEW YORK – Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured a historic 100th team title today with their fifth US Open trophy.
The top-seeded American twins defeated Spanish No. 11 seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the final. They are now tied as the all-time US Championships' doubles title leaders, with Richard Sears and James Dwight, on five crowns.
"We're obviously ecstatic," said Mike Bryan, during the on-court trophy ceremony. "To win here in the U.S., on this court, in front of these fans makes it extra special. Congratulations for Marcel and Marc, they are two class acts. They make it really tough on all of their opponents. We had to play our best match of the tournament. It was a great house to play in front of us. You helped us pull through."
Bob Bryan said, "We had home court advantage, it helped tremendously. It feels really good to come out here at 12:30 [p.m.] to see a packed house. You guys lifted us and pulled us through. We want to congratulate Marcel and Marc on a great tournament. It's not an easy task. We have so many people to thank in the boxes. It’s an incredible support system."
The 36-year-old Bryans received $520,000 in prize money and earned 2,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points for their 16th Grand Slam championship title (16-11 overall in major finals). They have now lifted seven tour-level trophies this year and finished runner-up at Wimbledon (l. to Pospisil/Sock) in July.
The Bryans lost 10 service points in the first set, striking 10 winners to 17 for Granollers and Lopez. Mike Bryan saved one break point at 1-1, Ad out, when Granollers snatched at a forehand in a bid to strike it down the line past Bob Bryan. It galvanised the twins, as they broke Lopez and went on to open up a 4-1 lead. Granollers withstood two break points at 15/40 in the sixth game, courtesy of Lopez’s quick hands at the net. Bob Bryan clinched the 36-minute set with a hold to love.
Lopez found his first serve just at the right time to recover from 0/30 and 15/40 in the third game of the second set. Mike Bryan, particularly, founds holes in Lopez's net game but the Spanish duo clung on for a 2-1 lead. At 3-3, Bob Bryan guessed right and ripped a forehand return winner, off Lopez’s serve, for a break point opportunity at 30/40. Although the Spaniards saved it, the pressure was building. Two gutsy winners from Mike Bryan – a lunging volley and a deep forehand – earned the break, for a 4-3 lead. Immediately, the energy levels of the Bryans increased. Bob Bryan completed the historic victory, serving out to 15.
"We're going to keep pushing," said Bob Bryan. "We love this great game. We're having a great time playing together. We won't rest on our laurels. We're not stopping any time soon."
The Bryans have already booked their 12th trip to the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November, as the top-ranked team in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings. They are on course to finish No. 1 for the 10th time in the past 12 years.
Granollers and Lopez had beaten the Bryans 6-4, 6-2 in the Roland Garros quarter-finals en route to the final (l. to Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin) earlier this year. The Spaniards are now 2-6 lifetime against the Bryans, which includes a final victory at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Granollers and Lopez had been attempting to become the first all-Spanish team to win a Grand Slam championship title since Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez at 1990 Wimbledon. They will share $250,000 and 1,200 points.