Oakley's Bryan Brothers Capture 60th Doubles Crown
Oakley’s reigning ATP World Tour Champions, the Bryan brothers, moved within one victory of matching the Woodies for the most double titles in the Open Era after winning the Rome Masters on Sunday.
In an all-American final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament, Mike and Bob Bryan defeated their pals and Davis cup teammates, John Isner and Sam Querrey, 6-2, 6-3, in just 49 minutes, to capture their fourth title of the year and 60th in their careers.
The retired Australian pair of Todd Woodbrige and Mark Woodforde, known as the Woodies, hold the tour record with 61 career titles.
“It’s getting pretty close now (to the Open Era record)," said Mike Bryan. “Already four titles this year, so the next one’s going to be the big one. It’s going to be a big final, a lot of nerves. We’re hoping to tie it before we get out of Europe. We don’t want to get the monkey on our back and have to be thinking about it, so we want to do it as quick as possible.”
“It’s huge for us to be considered a great team like the Woodies. We’re hoping to do it. Probably Wimbledon would be the best place to do it in because that’s on TV live back in the States, Centre Court match, that would be exciting."
In the final, the Bryans swiftly secured the opening set with two service breaks in the fourth and eighth games. They then closed out victory in the second set with a break of serve in the eighth game before Mike Bryan served out to 15.
This was the Bryans’ second title in Rome, having won this event in 2008. They have been runners-up in this tournament three times, losing in the finals in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
The Bryans, who celebrated their 32nd birthday on Thursday, have a perfect 4-0 record in tour-level finals this season after triumphing at the Australian Open in January, Delray Beach in February and Houston on clay last month. They improved to a 14-12 record in the Masters 1000 finals.