AMERICAN twins Bob and Mike Bryan became the most successful men’s pair in grand slam history on Saturday when they won their 13th doubles title together at the Australian Open.
The 34-year-olds beat the Dutch pairing of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-4 to break the record of 12 grand slams which they had previously shared with Australian heroes John Newcombe and Tony Roche.
“Obviously it feels really good to have that record and to be a part of history feels really special,” Mike Bryan said. “We weren’t thinking much about it on court but once we look back on our careers it will be fun to see what we have done. It’s a big record.”
The left-handed Bob Bryan served out for victory to seal the brothers’ sixth Australian Open title together. In all, it was their 84th career title and their second consecutive grand slam triumph, after their win at the US Open in September.
Yesterday, meanwhile, Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden became the first locals to win a main draw Australian Open title since 2005 when they clinched the mixed doubles.
The Australian duo, both aged 25, beat Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-3, 7-5.
Gajdosova and Ebden both crashed out of the singles competition in the first round, Gajdosova for the eighth time, and had never played together before they got together as a wildcard pairing for the season-opening grand slam.
South African-born Ebden moved to Perth as a child and has been mentored by Australian great Margaret Court, who won 24 grand slam singles titles and 19 women’s and 19 mixed doubles titles at grand slams.
Gajdosova said: “I know it’s mixed, but it’s still a grand slam title. You can tell your kids ‘I won a grand slam and it was in Australia’, which is very special.”
Ebden added: “She’s been to the semi-finals of other grand slams twice with another partner but he wasn’t available so she said ‘let’s do it’.
“Then, as it got to the quarter-finals, semi-finals, it got serious.”
Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur were the last Australians to win a title at Melbourne Park, the mixed doubles in 2005.
Australian duo Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty were beaten by Italian top seeds Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani on Friday in the women’s doubles final.