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Bryan twins grandest doubles team ever

Sun., Jan. 27, 2013, midnight

Brothers set record with 13th major crown

MELBOURNE, Australia – Mike and Bob Bryan have set one more record together as a doubles team – and this may be the most special of them all.

The identical twins became the most decorated doubles team in Grand Slam history by winning their 13th major title at the Australian Open on Saturday, beating the unseeded Dutch pair of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-4 in 53 minutes.

The 34-year-old Americans had been tied with the Australian greats John Newcombe and Tony Roche with 12 major titles.

“To be a part of history is pretty special,” Mike Bryan said. “We weren’t thinking about it much out there, but now that we have it, it’s going to be fun to look back on our career and say we have the most Grand Slams.”

After converting their third match point, the brothers jumped in the air and bumped chests and then clapped their hands on their rackets to the several hundred fans who stayed in Rod Laver Arena after the women’s singles final.

They were so excited about the historic win, they gave high-fives to some fans after the match, including one man wearing a Los Angeles Lakers jersey who had covered the letter T in Kobe Bryant’s last name so it read “Bryan.”

Sijsling joked during the trophy presentation that he had lost count of how many titles the brothers had won.

“It’s probably 15,” he said. “What is it?”

Haase then remarked, “I still don’t know who’s who.”

The Bryans have won each major tourney at least once, but they play their best tennis here – they now have six Australian titles to go along with four at the U.S. Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the French.

“I think we’re so successful at this tournament because we spent the offseason mainly in the same spot working toward the new year,” Mike Bryan said. “We come into these tournaments with momentum.”

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