Bryans Complete Career Golden Masters
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan added the Career Golden Masters to their list of accolades, becoming the first in singles or doubles to do so. Their victory at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Sunday marked the final crown of all nine current ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments.
Together, the Bryans have now won 31 Masters 1000 titles, but for five years Shanghai was the title that eluded them. They overcame Roland Garros champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 7-6(3) in the final to make another piece of history.
“To win here, it's been a long time coming to Shanghai. To finally get across the finish line as the winning team was extra special today," Mike Bryan said.
“It's another great milestone. This week was full of them for us. To come and get in the title match, have a shot at winning the tournament that's eluded us, complete the Golden Masters, is amazing,” Bob Bryan said.
“It was really the last thing left for us to do. We can definitely shut it down today and be happy guys.”
Playing their 152nd final, the Bryans showed every bit of their experience in the straight-sets victory over the fifth-seeded Frenchmen.
After serving out the first set to love, the Bryans had lost just one point on first serve when they came to serve for the match at 5-4 in the second set, repeatedly beating the French duo for pace at the net.
But Benneteau lifted his intensity in a rare nerve-wracked service game from big-serving left-hander Bob Bryan to secure the break back.
The Bryans responded in champion style, securing critical early points in the tie-break to claim the win in 72 minutes.
“It wasn't an easy victory. It was straight sets, but as you saw at the end, it was a tie-breaker. It got a little sticky. Bob served for the match. They hit some great shots,” Mike Bryan said.
“They're Grand Slam champions, a really good team we played many times before. It just came down to a few points. I thought maybe we played better on some break points, some bigger points.”
It is another entry in the record books for the American twins, who this week secured the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for the 10th time. The 35 year olds earned an unprecedented 100th team crown on home soil at the US Open in September and in 2012 became the second team to complete a career Golden Slam at the London Olympics.
Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin’s performance in Shanghai has qualified them for the Barclays ATP World Tour finals, where they will join the Bryans in the elite eight-team field.
“It's the showcase for doubles with the top eight squads competing. If you don't do well, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth during the off season. You want to finish the year strong, put a cap on a successful season,” Mike Bryan said.