2012 US Open men’s doubles title stays at home as the Bryan brothers prevailed over Paes/Stepanek in today’s final. The Bryans are now in possession of four Flushing Meadows trophies and 12 Grand Slam titles alltogether, equalling John Newcombe and Tony Roche’s record as a team.
Another smooth victory for the legendary Bryan twins who were hardly ever under pressure during their men’s doubles final match against fifth-seeded Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in New York, winning in straight sets 6-3 6-4. Although the Indian-Czech pair defeated the Bryans on their way to conquering the Australian Open earlier this year, they were unable to prevent the Americans winning their fourth New York trophy in the last eight years.
Second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan started energetically on Arthur Ashe, causing Paes and Stepanek all sorts of trouble during their service games. The break finally arrived at 3-2. The Bryans had three opportunities to tuck away the opener at 5-2, but their opponents still managed to put off what was to follow in the subsequent game. The Americans thus served out the first set expertly with a game to love. They won 83% of their first serve points (Paes/Stepanek 54%) and conceded only 3 unforced errors as opposed to their rivals’ 13 in the entire set.
London Olympic title holders did not waste any time in set two and got themselves a break ahead at the very start of it. Later in the set, they squandered two more opportunities to achieve a two-break cushion, but that did not prove costly as Paes and Stepanek could not generate a single break point throughout the match. It was Mike’s time to serve at 5-4. The Bryans were leading 40-15 and “game, set, match” and a trademark chest bump followed for a 6-3 6-4 victory after an hour and thirty-three minutes of tennis. The Americans’ serve point percentage remained high until the end, while the number of unforced errors was kept to minimum (6-22).
Bob and Mike have yet another reason to celebrate: they have won a record-breaking 12th Grand Slam as a team. They now share this record with Australians John Newcombe and Tony Roche.
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