Once again, the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, are celebrating a men's doubles championship. This time there was the twins' celebratory leap into the other's arms, a variation of their usual chest bump. Still a typically frenetic Bryan move. "Yeah," Mike said, "it was a miscommunicated chest bump. I went for it and Bob didn't lift off."
Sunday's 6-3, 6-4 victory over Spanish pair Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez was title No. 100 for the California Bryans and No. 16 in Grand Slam events, both records for a team.
The Bryans committed a mere five unforced errors and were in full control throughout.
Getting to 100, Bob said, was "an amazing relief. Ecstasy. I was having flashbacks to my whole career toward the end. It was wild. I was thinking juniors, college. I was trying to stay in the moment, but it was impossible."
Mike, noting it was their 27th Grand Slam final, said "it still feels like our first. We were jittery. Tough to eat, tough to sleep. But we kind of rose above it. I thought it was our best match of the tournament."
They won their first doubles match as 6-year-olds (in the under-10 division), were NCAA champions at Stanford before turning pro, and have worked tirelessly as ambassadors of the often ignored doubles discipline.
And, Mike said, "We are not going to rest on our laurels." Next month's Davis Cup action is next, and "we really want to play in the Olympics again, so we've set our sights on Rio [in 2016]."