Bob and Mike Bryan had made their Wimbledon debut back in 1999 and just two years later they were in the semi-final for the first time. Over the course of the next 17 years, Bob and Mike have won 70 matches at the cathedral of tennis, winning three titles and losing four more finals to stand as one of the most successful pairs in the history of the greatest tennis tournament. After 19 consecutive appearances together, the Bryan brothers were not able to play their 20th consecutive Wimbledon, with Bob suffering a hip injury in Madrid that has kept him off the court since, being forced to skip both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Mike has entered the Wimbledon together with another former champion of this event, Jack Sock, and he has reached the semi-final for the 12th time after a hard-fought 7-6 7-6 6-7 6-4 triumph over Artem Sitak and Divij Sharan in the quarters.
After this win, Mike Bryan has secured the number 1 position on the ATP Doubles Rankings list on Monday, becoming the oldest world number 1 at the age of 40 years and 78 days! Bob and Mike were the best players in the world for the last time in October 2015 and Mike will sit alone on the throne in five days time, passing Daniel Nestor on the list with the oldest number 1 players (in September 2012, Nestor became number 1 just after turning 40). In the battle for the place in the final, Mike and Jack play against the 15th seeds Franko Skugor and Dominic Inglot. In the last 12 months, Mike Bryan has won three ATP titles with his brother, in Atlanta, Miami and Monte Carlo, and they have won 26 matches in 2018 prior to Bob's injury.