Bryan twins defend doubles crown

Bryan twins defend doubles crown

Cup that cheers: Mike and Bob Bryan with their prize. AFP

The win gave the top-seeded American brothers their eighth Grand Slam title and fourth at Melbourne Park, where they also won in 2006 and 2007.
“We feel comfortable here,” Mike told reporters after the one-hour, 52-minute match at Rod Laver Arena.  “I think Andre (Agassi) called it the happy Slam. Seems we're in a good mood coming down here, fresh from an off-season. We like to get a jump to the year.”
The Bryan brothers, who defeated India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas for the title last year, also ended a five-match losing streak against Wimbledon doubles champions Nestor and Zimonjic.
The Bryans appeared to be coasting tovictory after wrapping up the first set in 32 minutes, but were broken at 2-1 in the second as Nestor and Zimonjic lifted the pressure.
They steadied in the decider after losing the tie-break, however, breaking Nestor to take a 3-1 lead and then celebrating victory with a jumping hug.
The Bryans surprised by swapping their usual court positions for the match, a tactic that worked well for them.

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