Bob and Mike Bryan tie big-time tennis record
Bob and Mike Bryan, the music-making, arm-punching, chest-bumping doubles team from Camarillo, won their 61st career doubles title Sunday in Madrid, beating Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, 6-3, 6-4. The number 61 is notable because it means the 31-year-old Bryans have now tied Australians Paul Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde for the most-ever doubles titles.
"It's something we've been kind of focusing on for the last couple of years," Mike said from Spain on Sunday night. "As we were getting close to the record it was kind of a nervous feeling. A great team like the Woodies? Just to be in the same sentence as them is amazing. They inspired us to play.
"When we started, it was pretty far-fetched to think we'd run down 61 team titles but slowly we hacked away. It's a cool feeling and we're humbled. We idolize them, really."
Here's the Bryans by the numbers, thanks to our friends Pete Holtermann and Greg Sharko from the ATP.
The Bryans won their 61st title in their 99th final.
-- Diane Pucin
Photo: Mike and Bob Bryan hoist their trophies after winning the Madrid Masters men's doubles title on Sunday. Credit: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images