American doubles greats Bob and Mike Bryan made history Saturday capturing their fourth straight Grand Slam title by winning Wimbledon.
The 35-year-old twins shook off an early 5-0 deficit to roll past the team of Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to become the first doubles team to hold all four Grand Slam titles since 1952 when Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman held seven.
The Bryans become the first team in the history of men’s tennis to have all four Majors and the Olympic gold.
“It’s hard to even dream that we’d have the slam, all four at one time,” said Mike Bryan. “It all started back after we won the gold. It just felt like a huge pressure was released. Went on to win the Open and had a great summer. This year we’ve been on an amazing tear. Never had a streak like this. Especially at 35, I feel like we’re hitting our peak.
“In the context of our career, it is probably up there at the top. I didn’t think anything could feel as sweet as the gold medal, but this one just feels like there’s a cap, a lid, or a ribbon around our career. It’s pretty cool. It’s something we never dreamed of, to try to win four in a row. It’s too hard to dominate in doubles. Maybe we had a little luck involved along the way. We just took one at a time. It just added up. Now we got to try to suit back up for the calendar slam.”
The title added to the Bryans’ haul of accomplishments. They now have 15 career Slams (3 at Wimbledon) in 25 finals and extend their Open Era record of total titles to 91.
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