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Wimbledon: American twins complete 'Bryan slam'

July 06, 2013 23:51 IST

Americans Bob and Mike Bryan beat Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men's doubles title on Saturday and become the first pair to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time since tennis went professional.

Bob and Mike BryanThe top-seeded twin brothers lost the first five games of the match but fought back strongly to outclass the Croatian/Brazilian duo and extend their grand slam record number of titles to 15.

The 35-year-old Bryans, who also won the Olympic gold medal last year, got the measure of their 12th-seeded opponents through the telepathic understanding which has brought them 91 career doubles titles.

They made the decisive break in the ninth game of the fourth set and Bob Bryan served out for victory which he sealed with an ace, prompting a trademark chest-pump by the brothers.

It was a third All England title for the twins after wins in 2006 and 2011. They have also been the beaten finalist on three further occasions.

Image: Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan of the United States of America pose with the Gentlemen's doubles trophies following their win in the final against Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil at the All England Club

Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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