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Bryan brothers win Open doubles title

2009-02-01 08:07:22 GMT2009-02-01 16:07:22 (Beijing Time)

Bob (L) and Mike Bryan of the US play against Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. The Bryan brothers won 2-6, 7-5. 6-0. (AFP/Paul Crock)

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States pose with the trophy during the awarding ceremony for the men's doubles at Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Jan. 31, 2009. The Bryans defeated India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Bahamas' Mark Knowles 2-1 to win the title. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

Bob and Mike Bryan won their seventh Grand Slam doubles title Saturday when they bounced back to crush Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the Australian Open final.

The American identical twins looked headed for defeat when the India and Bahamas pairing of Bhupathi and Knowles raced through the first set.

But after the Bryans won the hard-fought second, it was plain sailing in the third.

"We were a little lucky to win today, but we really love coming here to play. It's a really special event," said Mike Bryan.

It was the second seeds' third Australian Open title with the win taking them back to number one in the world.

Bhupathi has another crack at a title here when he teams with Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles final on Sunday against France's Nathalie Dechy and Andy Ram of Israel.


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