22 Feb FOUR IS MORE – BRYAN BROTHERS CONTINUE DOMINANCE
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FOUR IS MORE – BRYAN BROTHERS CONTINUE DOMINANCE
Klaasen-Paes Give Twins A Run AT Title
BY STEVE DORSEY
DELRAY BEACH, FL. – The Bryan brothers further solidified their status as the world’s No. 1 men’s doubles team Sunday afternoon when they added another piece of hardware to their trophy cases at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open.
Bob and Mike Bryan claimed their fourth title at Delray Beach when they won a third-set tiebreaker to defeat South African Raven Klaasen and Leander Paes of India 6-3, 3-6 (10-6) in the doubles final that preceded the singles championship match at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center.
The third-set tiebreaker was knotted at 6-all, but the Bryan brothers, the top seed here, won four consecutive points to earn their first ATP World Tour doubles title this year. They also won their first title of 2014 here.
“It feels good to win the first title of 2015, kind of get our feet wet, get some confidence going into a couple of big tournaments coming up,” Mike Bryan said. “It’s always fun to come back to Delray. This has to be one of our most successful tournaments. Walking out on this court kind of feels like a home court, especially with Bob now living a few miles down the road (in Hallandale Beach).”
It was the Bryan brothers’ 155th ATP World Tour final and their 104th career title. They also won at Delray in 2009, ’10 and last year.
“In my opinion, the greatest doubles team of all time,” Paes said of the Bryan brothers after he and Klaasen, the No. 2 seed here, accepted their runner-up trophies.
Mike Bryan called Paes, 41, “a legend” and said he and his brother expected a tough match Sunday.
“We’ve had a lot of battles with Leander over the years, and Raven’s an up-and-coming star,” Mike Bryan said.
Bob Bryan said it was a good test for the brothers, who left Sunday night for Dubai, where they will be competing for the first time in their career.
“It was a bit windy and I know they were playing pretty aggressive on their second serve,” Bob Bryan said. “They didn’t want to give us too many looks at meat balls, so they went for them, and they missed them by a couple of inches. The luck didn’t go their way today. We’re fortunate to get through.”
Despite being in their mid-30s, the Bryan brothers hinted that they don’t plan on retiring any time soon, especially as long as they’re collecting championship checks.
“We’re looking forward to the Olympics,” Bob Bryan said. “It’s any athlete’s dream to play an Olympics and for us to do it for the fourth time is going to be amazing. We’re looking forward to soaking up that atmosphere again and just play as long as we can. We’ve got a good gig. Athletes, tennis players that retire always wish they were back on the road doing what we do, so we’re not going to take it for granted.”