Bryan Brothers Win 53rd Career Title at ATP Houston

Posted on April 11, 2009

The American Bryan brothers tandem, Bob and Mike, won the title at the US Men's Clay Court Championships Saturday night in Houston, their 53rd career title together, putting them eight titles away from tying "The Woodies," the legendary Aussie duo of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, for the all-time record of 61 titles.

The Bryans needed less than an hour to beat fellow Americans Jesse Levine and Ryan Sweeting, who received a wildcard into the main draw, 6-1, 6-2.

"We got an early lead on these guys and luckily we stayed hot the whole way," Bob Bryan said. "We were extra focused continuing through the match. It always feels good to win a title and it's awesome to start the first quarter of the year with four titles and it couldn't be going any better for us."

The Bryan brothers improved to a tour-best 26-3 match record with their fourth title of the season and their second title in three years in Houston.

"It feels great when you leave a week and you haven't lost," Mike Bryan said. "We're very happy with the first tournament of the clay court season. We are looking forward to going to Europe and we're going to be over there for 14 weeks. It's really important to win a title on the clay and getting your balance and getting a lot of confidence. We got four matches under our belt and we look to build on that."