America was given a double reason to celebrate today when the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, triumphed this afternoon over Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga to win their first ever Olympic gold medal to add to Serena Williams’ singles gold medal. At this time, the Williams sisters are still playing their women’s double gold medal match, which may well give the United States a third reason for great celebration.
The Bryans won the match against the Frenchmen 6-4 7-6 (7-2) in just under one and a half hours of tough battling. The stats show that Llodra and Tsonga hit 31 total winners to the Americans’ 24 and were also on the plus side with both forehand and backhand winners, but they made 15 unforced errors to the Bryans’ 2 and could not convert any of their six break point opportunities, which ultimately resulted in their downfall.
The bronze medal match was played between the two unseeded teams of Julian Benneteau and Richard Gasquet of France and David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez of Spain. The Frenchmen were victorious, winning 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in 79 minutes. In the long list of statistics for the overall match, the only one where the Spaniards were ahead was for forehand winners, so the steadier play of Benneteau and Gasquet saw them to victory.