WHAT HAPPENED: The quest for 100 titles is complete and their place in history sealed, as No. 1 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States defeated No. 11 seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain, 6-3, 6-4, to win the 2014 US Open men’s doubles title.
Bob said about reaching the milestone: “It's amazing relief. Ecstasy.”
It was a sunny Sunday in Arthur Ashe Stadium, as most of the crowd emphatically cheered on the 36-year-old Bryans and a group of Spanish fans loudly serenaded their own team in between games.
Lefty Bob started to serve the first set as the Spaniards tried to impose themselves early. In the third game on Mike’s serve, the Spaniards got a break-point opportunity, but it was saved despite pressure at the net from the 5-foot-9 Lopez, 32. Next on Lopez’s serve, the Bryans, who are coached by David Macpherson, converted their first break-point chance for a 3-1 lead. The Spaniards had a chance to break back on Bob’s serve, but the Americans eventually held for 4-1. More break chances came and went for the Bryans, now on Granollers’ serve, but he held his nerve and serve, still down, 2-4. Two holds of serve later, Bob served for the first set, holding at love to win it, 6-3, in 36 minutes.
Thrilling rallies was the story of the second set, as the Bryans were one set away from making history. In the third game, the Americans got two break-point opportunities on Lopez’s serve, but both were saved, as they continued to stay even on serve until Lopez’s serve again, when the Bryans broke for a 4-3 lead. After two holds of serve, the set and championship was again on Bob’s racquet. It took the brothers two championship points to cement their spot in the history books.
“Right when the match finished it was a relief. So much emotions,” Mike said. “I don't think we have ever done this kind of dirty dancing swan dive. That was a first.”
But Bob said to Mike, about the miscommunicated chest bump, “You felt light as a feather.”
On their accomplishments, Bob said, “It feels great to be recognized and to achieve something great in a sport you have dedicated your life to.”
WHAT IT MEANS: The Bryans have now captured a historic 100th ATP World Tour title, a 16th Grand Slam title and a fifth US Open crown. The pair will split $520,000 in prize money and earn 2,000 Emirates ATP Ranking points for their win.
Also the runners-up at this year’s Roland Garros, Granollers and Lopez, whose biggest trophy came at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, will continue to strive for their first Grand Slam title as a team.
THE QUESTION: Will any team ever be able to pass the Bryan brothers’ place in history?