It can now be said without qualifiers: The Bryan Brothers -- Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan -- are the best men's doubles team to play in the modern era. With their 6-3, 6-4 win on Friday afternoon in the U.S. Open final, the twins captured their 12th career Grand Slam doubles title.
The win not only gave them a fourth career U.S. Open championship, but it also means they have broken the tie with the "Woodies" of Australia, the team of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, for most titles in the Open era as a team. Now they need only one more Slam title to pass the team of John Newcombe and Tony Roche, who also won 12 titles as a team before the Open era.
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The twins won their first Grand Slam title in 2003 at the French, actually the only time they won on the red clay of Roland Garros. It was the beginning of a dominant decade of doubles on the men's side. In total, they have won 76 doubles titles and one Olympic gold medal (2012).
How did the twins celebrate the latest? With their trademark chest bump, of course.
It was sweet revenge for Bob and Mike. They had lost at this year's Australian Open to the team of Radek Stepanek and Leander Paes, the same team they beat on Friday in New York to set the Open record.
The score makes the match look a little closer than it probably was. The Bryans never even faced a break point while they had 12 changes against Stepanek and Paes, converting two of them. It seemed like every service game for Stepanek and Paes was a challenge.
Even though the twins are 34 years old, they are hardly close to hanging up the rackets. The doubles game is suited for older players, it's a discipline in which careers usually go on much longer than the physically demanding singles side. The Bryans have made it known that they plan to still be playing when the 2016 Olympics come around in Rio de Janeiro to defend their gold medal.
It will be interesting to see what the doubles team title record stands at by then.