Paes-Stepanek fall to record-making Bryans
If the Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob, dressed in orange were not bright enough, the Americans came out with shots that scorched Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek's bid for a second Grand Slam of the season. HT reports.sports Updated: Sep 08, 2012 01:37 IST
If the Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob, dressed in orange were not bright enough, the Americans came out with shots that scorched Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek's bid for a second Grand Slam of the season.
The Bryan twins raced to a 6-3, 6-4 victory in 91 minutes against fifth seeds Paes-Stepanek to bag their 12th Grand Slam. Friday's win puts them on par with Australians John Newcombe and Tony Roche as the most successful doubles combination in the Slams.
It was also their 81st title overall and fourth US Open crown. Winning a first major since their Wimbledon triumph in 2011, the Bryans also kept their Grand Slam streak alive, having won at least one major title each year since 2005.
Though Paes ended up on the losing side in his 15th men's doubles Major final, it would have been an encouraging fortnight for the Indian to put behind the whole Olympic debacle.
The Paes-Stepanek combination were not half as sharp or intense as they were in the Australian Open final, earlier in the year, when they beat the Americans in straight sets.
Stepanek seemed to lack the confidence and the energy to take the game to the Bryans. And it was the Czech who lost his serve once in each set to give Mike and Bob a free run.
The Bryans had come out with a spring in their step and swept past their rivals in the 45-minute opening set, losing only five points on their serve.
They set up a double break point, when Mike slapped a return right down the middle for a winner.
And the lack of precision showed by both Paes and Stepanek as they were unable to kill the next point despite four successive overheads. It ended with Paes smashing it into the net to concede a 2-4 lead.
Thirteen unforced errors in the first set, as opposed to three by Bryan twins, put a big dent in Paes-Stepanek’s chances.
Rather than stem the tide, the Indo-Czech duo continued on a downward slide after Stepanek was broken in the very first game of the second set.
First Published: Sep 08, 2012 01:35 IST