Bob and Mike Bryan won their first Grand Slam title in 2003 at the French Open defeating Paul Haarhuis and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Now 10 years later they collect their second French Open, sneaking by the home duo of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 64, 46, 76(4).
The title gives the Bryans 14 career Slams and it makes them the first team to complete the career Slam twice (they’ve won each Major at least twice).
“It’s great winning slams with your brother. We really wanted to win another. It’s been ten years,” Mike Bryan said. “This is the first one we won back in the day and kind of launched our career. This is the toughest Slam to win, I think. Clay is an equalizer and makes a lot of teams better.”
The 35-year-old needed some luck in this one. The Frenchmen were playing well and were in control of the tiebreaker 4-2 until Bryans ran off five straight points to win the match.
A distraught Mahut wept in the arms of Llodra afterward.
“These guys are two of the greatest guys on tour,” Bob said of his opponents. “You played unbelievable today, we were lucky. It could have gone either way today. Today we were pretty fortunate.”
The Bryans have a record haul of 89 career doubles titles and are presently on a 14-match win streak.
Their 14 career Grand Slams:
Australian Open (6): (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
French Open (2): (2003, 2013)
Wimbledon (2): (2006, 2011)
US Open (4): (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012)
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