11th’s a Charm: Bryan Brothers End Year as No. 1, Go 11-0 in Tour-Level Finals
11th can be a good thing…if it means you went a perfect 11-0 in ATP Tour Level Finals, that is.
Oakley’s Bob and Mike Bryan capped off their 11th tour-level title this past weekend at the Swiss Indoors at Basel (Switzerland), solidifying their year-end No. 1 ATP Doubles Team Ranking. The long-time O duo emerged victorious over the top team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 3-6, 10-3, besting their rival pair in their first match against one another since May.
The top two teams on the ATP World Tour broke serve once each as they split the first two sets. In the deciding Match Tie-break, the Bryans powered to an 8-1 lead and quickly grabbed the victory in a mere 59 minutes.
“Finishing No. 1 is always our ultimate goal when we start any year and to achieve this feat again feels great – especially with the quality of doubles teams in our sport,” Bob said, rockin’ his Oakley Devil’s Brigade Holeshot watch. “I tip my hat to Nestor and Zimonjic who have had another amazing year. For three years, two teams have clearly separated themselves from the field – and it’s this rivalry that forced us to find ways to improve.”
The win marks the second time in their career they have won 11 titles in a season (the other being 2007). The two are now preparing for a charge at a new career-high tally in their final two tournaments of the season – Bercy for the Paris Indoors and the World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London – to set themselves even more apart from the competition.
The 32-year-old set of tennis phenoms also improved their Open Era record of the most tour-level team titles by winning their 67th career trophy (67-38 record in finals), breaking the record previously held by the Woodies (Hall of Famers Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde) when they clinched their 62nd crown at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles on Aug. 1.
Their hot streak kicked off with their record-breaking week at LA – where they won all but two matches. Even better, the triumph marked their fourth title in five finals in Basel (2002, 2004 and 2007).
“The 2010 season has been a special one for so many reasons, but we’re always most proud of ending the year on top,” Mike said, sporting his Oakley Cuba Holeshot watch. “We’re still looking forward to ending the year well and hopefully defending our Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title in London.”
A massive congratulations to the Bryan Brothers – who have been loyal to the Oakley family since the age of 14!