By McCarton Ackerman; Friday, September 7, 2012
The win was their 12th Grand Slam doubles title together
as a team, surpassing the record for most Grand Slam doubles
titles as a team in the Open Era that was previously shared with Aussies Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.
"It's not going to sink in for a long time," said Mike.
"We idolized the Woodies growing up and they were an inspiration
to us. But we're just having fun out there and it's been showing in our results."
Paes and Stepanek found themselves in trouble from the
beginning stages of the match, having to fight off three break
points on Stepanek's serve at 0-1 and two on Paes's serve at 1-2. But the popular American duo made good on their sixth
break opportunity, forcing an error out of Stepanek on his serve to take a 4-2 lead. Two easy service games later, Bob
fired down a service winner to take the opening set.
The Bros. were super sharp on all aspects of their game
and especially their returns and Stepanek continued to struggle
on his serve in the very first game of the second set, losing his serve a second time to send the pair down a break of
serve. Although they were unable to convert on two more break point chances on Stepanek's serve at 1-3 in the second
set, the early lead was all they needed. A lengthy volley exchange on their first match point on Mike's serve at 5-4 led to
Paes sending a backhand into the net and the Bryan brothers celebrated with one final chest bump.
The win was also a measure of revenge for the brothers' loss to Paes-Stepanek in the finals of the Australian Open earlier this year.
"I think they started really well," Stepanek said. "They were all over our serve from the beginning and making life very difficult for us out there. They were the better team today, so they deserve the win."
Paes was equally complimentary of both his partners and his opponent.
"Even though we got beaten today by one of the greatest teams of all time, my team and Radek's team came out and brought everything they had to this tournament." he said.
The Bryan brothers won their previous US Open titles together in 2005, 2008 and 2010. In addition, Bob has won four US Open mixed doubles title while Mike has won one at Flushing Meadow and he also won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubes this year with Lisa Raymond. The brothers will now head to Spain with the rest of the US Davis Cup team to do battle next weekend against the Spanish Davis team in a semifinal tie.
Wins at the US Open:
Bryan Bros. def. Steve Darcis-David Goffin (Belgium), 6-1, 6-4.
Bryan Bros. def. Eric Butorac (USA)-Paul Hanley (Australia), 6-3, 6-2.
Bryan Bros. def. Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico)-Scott Lipsky (USA), 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
Bryan Bros. def. Julien Benneteau-Nicolas Mahut (France), 7-6, 7-6.
Bryan Bros. def. Aisam Quereshi (Pakistan)-Julien Roger (Netherlands), 6-3, 6-4.
Bryan Bros. def. Leander Paes (India)-Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic), 6-3, 6-4.