Bryans Clinch Fourth Rome Doubles Crown
Bryans lift their third trophy of the 2016 season
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have captured their fourth Internazionali BNL d'Italia title, which represents their 36th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown (36-18).
The fifth-seeded American twins defeated eighth seeds Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 over 71 minutes in a rain-interrupted final at the Foro Italico in Rome.
The Bryans improved to 112-53 in tour-level finals with their 22nd match win of the season (22-8). They split €222,150 in prize money and earned 1,000 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points.
Bob Bryan: "I would have never thought we would have got to that number. It sounds crazy. When we won our first title back in 2001, we were looking at 10 - that was the brothers' record, held by Tim Gullikson and Tom Gullikson. We beat that and we just kept going. Luckily we've been healthy. This feels good. We turned 38 last week and we're not young chicks any more. It's nice to get titles when we can and every one feels good."
Pospisil and Sock, who had won three of their past five meetings, raced to a 4-0 lead in the first set. The match was suspended due to rain with the Bryans leading 1-0 in the second set.
Upon the resumption of play, the Bryans broke twice to take a 5-1 lead and, in the next game, they failed to convert their first set point opportunity.
The Bryans won the first five points in the Match tie-break, but Pospisil and Sock worked they way back to a 7/8 deficit.
Mike Bryan said, "The rain delay definitely helped us. Our coach [David Macpherson] was back in the locker room, where we had about 15 minutes, and he said, 'Fire it up!' We were kind of flat in the first set and weren't playing with a lot of energy. We had a late match and Bob went to bed at 4 a.m. in the morning. So we were kind of dazed and confused. We were bouncing around in the second set. We played a good Match tie-break, which can go either way."
The Bryans, who were appearing in their seventh Rome final, completed their semi-final victory over Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin at 1:09 a.m. on Sunday.
"We're sharing a room this week," said Bob Bryan. "You fell asleep around 2:30, 2:45 a.m., because you started snoring. We drank so much coffee last night that I was wired. It was a 12-hour turnaround. Our bodies don't turn around quickly anymore."
Pospisil and Sock earned 600 points and shared €108,750 in prize money. They are now 4-5 in team finals (1-5 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals).
The Bryans will now go their separate ways to prepare for Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam championship of the season.
Mike Bryan said, "Bob's going to go back to Miami to see his wife and three kids. He'll be on the ground for three days. Hopefully he's going first class to lay out and recover. I'll be spending time in London, then off to Paris. We'll head to the gym and hit the courts a lot. I think we're playing great right now, we're healthy, mentally fresh and happy since winning this. We just want to keep the momentum going."
Bob Bryan added, "It's a massive goal of ours to win another Slam. We want to do it this year. We've still got lofty goals, we're not lowering the bar. We still want to finish No. 1, win Slams, the Olympic. We want to do it all. We're very hungry. It's been a quiet six months. This year, we've won a 250 [Houston], 500 [Barcelona] and now a Masters 1000. The next step is a Slam."