Wimbledon 2011: Bob and Mike Bryan win men's doubles

WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Venue: All England Club, London
  • Date: 20 June - 3 July

Coverage: Live on BBC One, Two, 3D, HD, Red Button, online (UK only), Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra; live text commentary from 0900 BST on BBC Sport website (#bbctennis); iPlayer

Close call as Bryan brothers win men's doubles title (UK only)

Bob and Mike Bryan won the Wimbledon men's doubles title for the second time with a 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-2) victory over Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau.

Two poor service games by Tecau allowed the top-seeded brothers to take a two-set lead in exactly an hour.

There were no breaks in the third set and the Americans took the tie-break to seal the match.

The Bryans have now equalled Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde's record of 11 Grand Slam team titles.

"This is a Wimbledon title so it is as special as it gets," said Mike. "I always thought we'd play our best at Wimbledon. We have lost three heartbreaking finals here so to get on that board again is really special.

"To equal the Woodies, a team we idolised, is unbelievable and I am trying to figure out what is left. We would love to try to get to 12 Slam titles. Those guys [the Woodies] have been really gracious and came up and congratulated us when we broke their record of 61 team titles.

"But this week has been so quick we weren't even thinking about 11 Slams."

When asked how long they would continue as a doubles pair, Bob said: "We see our time as five or six more years but doubles players' career lifespans have changed."

Tecau was broken to love in the second game after serving two double faults and before he and Lindstedt knew it, they were 4-1 down in the opening set, which the Bryans wrapped up in only 27 minutes.

Tecau served two more double faults to be broken again early in the second set and that was enough for the Bryans to take it and really assume control of the match.

Lindstedt saved two break points in the first game of the third set and the eighth seeds had a sniff of a chance at breaking back in the sixth game when the Bryans went 15-30 down on Bob's serve.

But the Americans overcame that worrying moment and the set ended with a tie-break.

The Bryans earned the first mini-break on a Tecau serve to go 3-2 up and did not drop another point to secure victory in an hour and 43 minutes.

The match ended on a disappointing note for the losers, with Lindstedt receiving a warning from the umpire before the final point as he and Tecau finished as men's doubles runners-up for the second year in a row.