3 Peat: Bryan Brothers Top Legendary ‘Indian Express’ for Victory at Australian Open
Five total. Three straight.
Flat out awesomeness from Oakley’s phenomenal Bob and Mike Bryan, who tallied their 10th major title with a huge victory over Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes (6-3, 6-4) this past weekend at the Australian Open.
The dynamic O duo, currently the World No. 1, were throwing down in their sixth Aussie Open final in seven years after finishing as runners up in 2004-2005. But despite their frequent appearances and amazing success, they’re as charged up as ever.
“It never gets old,” said Bob, rockin’ his Oakley watch. “Especially to play those two guys, the ‘Indian Express’, who we have tons of respect for. We were jacked up for this match. These two guys are legends. It was an extra special feeling out there on the court playing two guys that dominated the game 10 years ago.”
With the win, the Bryans moved to within one trophy of matching Open Era leaders Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde. Their 18 appearances in Grand Slam finals is the most by any team in the Open Era.
“It’s nice to hit double digits,” Mike said. “That number, [the Woodies’] 11 Grand Slams. That’s motivating us.”
But the win wasn’t a walk in the park by any means. After Bob rallied from 0/40 to hold serve in the first game, the top seeds broke in the sixth game to clinch the first set. They then made a crucial breakthrough at 4-4 in the second set and in serving out victory, saved a break point when Bob Bryan aced Bhupathi for the sixth time in the match.
“That first game was huge,” Mike said. “We were down 0/40. That set the tone of the match. If we got broken there, could have been a different story. Bob especially served well. He served Mahesh really tough, and Mahesh is a great returner. He kind of just took him out of the match. It always starts with serving for us. If we serve well, that’s our game.”
Congratulations to Bob and Mike for yet another killer Aussie Open!