Tennis: Most successful men's doubles pair in the history of the game, world no.1 Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan defeated world no.2 men's doubles pair Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers of Spain in 3 sets 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 to win the men's doubles title in Western and Southern Open ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati.
Bryans were broken once in the first set but they broke Spaniards twice to take the first set 6-4. Granollers and Lopez did not face a single break point in the second set and they broke Bryan Brothers once to take the set 6-4 and force the match into match-tiebreak.
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won the tie-break 10-4 to win their 4th ATP Masters 1000 title of the year. They won the Masters 1000 titles this year in Indian Wells, Madrid and Rome as well.
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are already the pair to have won most ATP titles in men's doubles in history of the game, as they won their 92nd ATP title together. They also have the record for winning most ATP Masters 1000 titles as a team but now they have also tied Daniel Nestor as individuals to win most ATP Masters 1000 titles in doubles.
Alongwith different partners, Nestor won 25 ATP Masters titles, but Bryan Brothers have now won 25 ATP Masters 1000 titles together. This was also their 10th ATP title of the year.
Bryan twins have had a brilliant year in 2013 and they have won all three Grand Slams, Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. They are already holding all four Grand Slams as they won US Open last year as well, and they can become first pair to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year if they defend their US Open crown. They are also holding Olympic Gold at the same time, as they won it in London 2012 Olympics, last year.
They have a win/loss record of 55/7 this year and they will be going into US Open as the favourites for sure. This was their 4th title in Cincinnati, they had previously won it in 2003, 2008 and 2010.
“It feels amazing to win our 4th Cincinnati Masters," Mike said. "We had great support from the crowds all week and our games improved with every match. Today was a battle against a very tough team and we feel fortunate that our shots fell on the big points.”
Owners of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles at nine different events and 25 overall, the World No. 1 tandem will take home $180,800 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points with the victory.
It has been one of the best years of Bryans as they enjoyed a 25 match winning streak after winning Rome, Madrid, French Open, Queen's Club and Wimbledon. The stream came to an end when they lost in Montreal last week. Since May, they have a record of 28-1.
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The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
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