Oakley's Bryan Brothers Tie Tennis Record of 61 With Madrid Win
Oakley’s Mike and Bob Bryan won their 61st career doubles title Sunday at the Madrid Masters in Spain after defeating Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, 6-3, 6-4. They now tie Australians Paul Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, known as the “Woodies,” for the most-ever doubles titles.
Title No. 62 could come at the French Open, which begins Sunday.
“There are a lot of opportunities out there to get that 62, but it would be more special at a Grand Slam,” said Bob Bryan.
“It’s something we’ve been kind of focusing on for the last couple of years,” Mike said from Spain. “As we were getting close to the record it was kind of a nervous feeling. A great team like the Woodies? Just to be in the same sentence as them is amazing. They inspired us to play.”
“When we started, it was pretty far-fetched to think we’d run down 61 team titles but slowly we hacked away. It’s a cool feeling and we’re humbled. We idolize them, really.”
With the title, the Bryans return to No. 1 in the ATP Team Rankings, moving ahead of Nestor and Zimonjic.
In 2010, the Bryans are 5-0 in finals.