NEW YORK Twins Mike and Bob Bryan won their second U.S. Open men's doubles title and sixth Grand Slam championship overall, beating Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy 7-6 (5), 7-6 (10) Friday.
Doubles partners for more than a dozen years, the 30-year-old brothers won in their 704th career match. The Bryans won the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics and next head to Spain to help the defending champion United States in the Davis Cup.
"It's just a lot of fun having a built-in best friend to travel the world with," Mike said. "It would be kind of a little bit boring if I was out here by myself. I don't know if I would still be playing. If he gets hurt tomorrow, I'll probably stop."
Said Bob: "We'll be talking about these wins for the rest of our lives."
"We've been through all the highs and lows together. That's what makes our bond so tight. It's not just the DNA," he said.
Bob Bryan hoisted his brother after match point and together they lifted the championship silver bowl. They had another reason to celebrate: Seeded second at the start of the tournament, they ended up ranked No. 1 in the world.
"This feels as good as any one we've ever won," Bob Bryan said.
The brothers did not lose a set in their six matches, and added to the U.S. Open title they won in 2005. They've also won twice at the Australian Open, along with victories at Wimbledon and in the French Open.
The right-handed Mike Bryan finished the match with a hard serve. As is his way, lefty Bob was already creeping to within a foot or two of the net, waiting for a return.
Seeded seventh, Paes and Dlouhy were playing as a team in just their sixth tournament. The 35-year-old Paes won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title Thursday with Cara Black.
Paes, from India, and Dlouhy, from the Czech Republic, had several chances to close out the second tiebreaker. Paes double-faulted on the team's first set point.
Paes was hoping to add to his four Grand Slam men's doubles titles and four more in mixed doubles.
Both of the Bryans have won without each other, too. Bob has five Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles and Mike has two.
Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde hold the men's record with 11 Grand Slam doubles titles in the Open era.
"They're the greatest of all time. We're just a squirrel trying to get a net," Bob Bryan said.
"The Woodies are the Woodies," his brother said.