Bob and Mike Bryan collected a record-equalling 12th Grand Slam men’s doubles title on Friday when they defeated Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4 in the US Open final, says a report in The Hindu, adding that the second-seeded American brothers went level with Australia’s John Newcombe and Tony Roche as the most successful partnership of all time. Friday’s win was their fourth at the US Open, following triumphs in 2005, 2008 and 2010.
They also won the 2003 French Open, the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Australian Open titles as well as Wimbledon in 2006 and 2011, a record that also means they are the most successful in the Open era. India’s Paes and Czech partner Stepanek had defeated the American duo in the Australian Open final earlier this year.
Meanwhile Hindustan Times reports that though he missed out on a third US Open men’s doubles title but Leander Paes was far from dejected as he insisted that he and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek gave all that they had in the final clash against Mike and Bob Bryan.
“Even though we got beaten today by one of the greatest teams of all time, my team and Radek’s team came out and brought everything they had to this tournament,” Paes said. “I can guarantee you we will be giving it everything we have every single day for the rest of the year,” he added. Paes felt the Bryans produced a magical performance to clinch the title.
Paes felt the Bryans produced a magical performance to clinch the title, says a report in The Times Of India. "These guys always bring magic to the court," said 39-year-old. "But we put it on the line today and we will come back and keep doing it."
Paes has won two US Open men's doubles title in 2006 (with Martin Damm) and 2009 (with Lukas Dlouhy), as well as a mixed doubles title in 2008 (with Cara Black).