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Americans Bryan-Sock win US Open doubles title

September 08, 2018 00:10 IST

Jack Sock and Mike Bryan of The United States celebrate after beating Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil to win the US Open men's doubles final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in New York City on Friday

IMAGE: Jack Sock and Mike Bryan of The United States celebrate after beating Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil to win the US Open men's doubles final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in New York City on Friday. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

American Mike Bryan claimed a record 18th Grand Slam men's doubles title when he and compatriot Jack Sock beat Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 6-1 in the U.S. Open final on Friday.

The meeting between the last two Wimbledon champions proved one-sided as Poland's Kubot and Brazil's Melo, seeded seventh, had no answer for the tactical game deployed by the third-seeded American duo.

Bryan and Sock, who also triumphed at Wimbledon this year in their second event as a team, won all of their service games and converted four of their 10 break point opportunities to secure the win.

With the win the Americans became the first team to win consecutive Grand Slam titles since Bryan and his twin brother Bob, who has been sidelined with a hip injury, swept four straight starting at the 2012 US Open.

Bryan also moved past Australian John Newcombe on the all-time list of Grand Slam doubles titles.

"This is not just about me. It's a team effort," said Bryan. "Takes a lot of people behind the scenes to get this 40-year-old body on the court and winning a couple matches."

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