Bob and Mike Bryan cemented their spot in the final of the 2014 United States Open doubles tournament when they defeated Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday afternoon. The win puts them inches away from a historic 100th team title.
“We fought off a couple big break points I think at 3-All or 2-All in the third,” Mike said after the match. “15-40, you know, we lose one of those points and they got the momentum. They were tough to break for over an hour. I think we broke the next game, so it was probably in the back of their head that they missed an opportunity. It was just gritty. Played just kind of loose game in the — early in the second set which kind of flipped the match. We only broke twice. Just very fine margins.”
The four-time US Open champions will be looking for their fifth title at Flushing Meadows and their 16th Grand Slam title overall. They last won in New York in 2012.
The brothers will take part in their second Grand Slam final of the season following the Wimbledon Championships earlier in the season. There, they lost newly paired to Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in a thrilling five-set encounter.
Nonetheless, they hold six titles this season, including Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo and Cincinnati.
The Bryans will contest the final against 11th seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, who upset fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-4 in 98 minutes.