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Bob wins battle of Bryans

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review

WIMBLEDON, England – For once, the Bryan brothers weren’t celebrating or commiserating following a Wimbledon doubles final.

The American twins were on opposite sides of the net for Sunday’s mixed doubles championship match. Bob Bryan teamed with Samantha Stosur of Australia to beat top-seeded Mike Bryan and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 7-5, 6-4.

It was the second time the brothers, who are ranked No. 1 in men’s doubles and have won five Grand Slam titles together, have faced off in a major final. Six years ago, Mike paired with Lisa Raymond to defeat Bob and Srebotnik for the U.S. Open title.

Sunday’s match didn’t start until after 8 p.m., when it was switched from Centre Court to Court 1 because of rain delays and the five-set men’s singles final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The mixed doubles lasted only 61 minutes, though. The unseeded pair of Bryan-Stosur broke once in each set and won in near darkness.