Posted by Lana On 1/30/2011 10:07:00 AM
World No. 1 duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won their third consecutive Australian Open doubles title on Saturday, beating Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, 6-3, 6-4, in the final.
The top-seeded duo notched its 10th Grand Slam title overall and fifth in Melbourne. The Bryans also won the Australian Open in 2006 and '07.
"It never gets old," said Bob Bryan. "Especially to play those two guys, the 'Indian Express', who we have tons of respect for. We were jacked up for this match. These two guys are legends. It was an extra special feeling out there on the court playing two guys that have dominated the game 10 years ago."
Third seeds “The Indian Express”, who reunited at the start of the 2011 ATP World Tour season after splitting in 2002, clinched their fifth Aircel Chennai Open title earlier this month and were hoping to add the Australian Open to their three previous major titles and take a step towards a career Grand Slam.
"We had a great couple of weeks," reflected Paes. "We had a tough draw. Pretty much played all the best teams in the world getting to the final. Today we lost to the best team on the planet who played lights out today. I thought they played the perfect match. As far as Mahesh and myself are concerned, a great two weeks."
Added Bhupathi: "If they can serve 83 per cent and make returns like they did on big points, it's very tough to beat them. That's why they've won 10 Grand Slams, they've won here three years in a row. It's very hard for them to play like this every day. Give them credit today."
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