1 Feb 2009

American brothers win Australian Tennis Open mens doubles

8:49 am on 1 February 2009

The American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan won their third Australian Open doubles title with a 2-6 7-5 6-0 victory over India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas.

The Bryans, who reclaimed the number one doubles ranking just by reaching the final, avenged last year's quarter-final loss to the same pair.

That defeat stopped the American twins from a possible hat-trick of Melbourne Park titles in successive years.

Since then the 30-year-olds have now won all five of their matches, including at the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, against Bhupathi and Knowles.

The Bryans seventh victory moved them into a tie for second for most men's grand slam doubles titles since tennis turned professional in 1968.

The pairings of John Newcombe and Tony Roche and Peter Fleming and John McEnroe also won seven titles.

Australian pair Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde hold the record with 11 grand slam doubles titles.

Bhupathi will play the mixed doubles final with compatriot Sania Mirza on Sunday against France's Nathalie Dechy and Israel's Andy Ram.