Reigning ATP World Tour Doubles ChampionsBob Bryanand Mike Bryancontinued their devastating run of form as they won their eighth tour-level title of the season with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati on Sunday.
The Americans, who are 8-0 in finals this season, received 1000 ATP World Tour ranking points by virtue of winning the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. They are currently #1 in the world in the Double Race and also in theDoubles Rankings.
Going into the US Open, which begins on Monday, August 30, the Bryans are on an eight-match winning streak, having also won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Toronto (d. Benneteau-Llodra) last week. Three weeks ago in Los Angeles, they set the Open Era record for the most team titles (62), surpassing recent Hall-of-Fame inductees Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde (61). They opened their 2010 title haul at the Australian Open and have also been victorious in Delray Beach, Houston, Rome and Madrid.
“You never want to be satisfied; you always want to keep focused on how you can get better,” said Bob. “Right now we’re focusing on a big summer and it felt great breaking the titles record in Los Angeles, people have been talking about it for a couple of years.”
Added Mike: “I think a weight’s been lifted since we broke the record. It was playing on our minds, we wanted to do it at Wimbledon, but we’re really happy that the pressure’s released and it’s shown in our play in the past few weeks. We walked into this match and we kind of had nothing to lose. Our place in history is set and now we’re just trying to put icing on the cake.”
The second seeds found themselves down 0-2 in the opening stages of Sunday’s final against fourth-seeded Bhupathi and Mirnyi, but fought back strongly to win the next five games before securing a one-set lead. They then broke the second-set deadlock in the seventh game with a break of Bhupathi’s serve and went on to claim victory in just under an hour. Excerpted from ATP Staff report.
*** The Bros. are now 47-9 on the year.