The numbers keep piling up in the Bryan brothers’ favour after the American twins claimed their sixth Australian Open men’s doubles crown with a 6-3 6-4 result against unseeded Dutch pair Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling on Saturday night.
The victory took the duo’s Grand Slam tally to 13, surpassing Australian greats John Newcombe and Tony Roche for the most doubles majors, and atones for a surprise loss to Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in last year’s final.
Under lights on their most successful arena, the Bryans were in command throughout, their only shaky moment coming in the opening game when the Dutch ripped through Bob’s serve to break for 1-0.
From there the twins were never headed, making it all the way to the second-last game of the final set before Bob committed their first unforced error of the match.
“Obviously it feels pretty good to have that record. We weren’t thinking about it much out there but it’s going to be fun to look back on in our career to say we have the most Grand Slams,” Mike said.
With the full set of four majors, an Olympic gold medal and a Davis Cup replica trophy filling the cabinet, a calendar-year Grand Slam remains all that has eluded the Bryans.
“I don’t think it’s possible anymore,” Bob said. “The margins are too small and there are too many people who can win.
“As far as records, there’s not much [left] but we’re competitors, we hate to lose and want to finish No.1 and that’s just the way we are.”
“Probably try to shoot for 100 and cut it,” Mike joked. “Has anyone ended up on a round number like that?”
Like any close siblings, the Bryans carry the same rules for keeping the peace onto the tennis court. It keeps them in good stead, Mike believes, to pick up the pieces after difficult losses, no matter how few and far between they are.
“When we lose, we go back to the same place and what we need to do together to get better,” Mike said.
“And we never really point fingers in tough situations. Everyone has their slumps. Those feelings never linger,” Bob added.
With the trophy cabinets already cluttered, was there a piece of silverware they’d still like to squeeze in?
“It’d be nice to win another Davis Cup,” Mike said.