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Monday, July 4, 2011

Wimbledon: Bryan brothers equal record with 11th grand slam title


American twins Bob and Mike Bryan claimed their 11th grand slam doubles title together at Wimbledon on Saturday after beating Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-3 6-4 7-6.

The 33-year-olds are now the most prolific men's doubles duo in grand slams along with Australian double-act Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.

"This is a Wimbledon title. This is as special as it gets," Mike told reporters. "I always thought we'd play our best at Wimbledon, and we've lost three heart-breaking finals.

"To get on that board again, to have two Wimbledon titles, is really special. And then to equal the Woodies, a team that we idolised, the greatest team in our mind, is unbelievable. I mean to get their title record and get the grand slam record, I mean, I'm trying to figure out what's left. I mean, we'd love to try to get to 12 and do that at the US Open. But those guys have been really gracious. They're the first to come up to us and congratulate us."

The Bryans, who have now won a record 73 doubles titles in tandem, were appearing in their fifth Wimbledon final having lost three of the previous four.

With doubles specialists generally able to play much longer than their singles counterparts, the Bryans have set no limits on how many trophies they can win together.

"We'll keep going," Bob said. "We see our time out here as I think five or six more years. You look at (Daniel) Nestor.He's 39, almost turning 40. The guy's just having a great time still and he's playing well. I think we're going to milk it as long as we can."

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