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The Bryan brothers have won the men’s doubles final at the US Open, beating Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Huq Qureshi, from India and Pakistan respectively, in straight sets.
The victory on Friday gives Bob and Mike Bryan their ninth Grand Slam title, to extend their record of total ATP titles to 65 and giving them their third US Open crown.
The US twins are now two titles short of the all-time record of doubles victories set by Todd Woodbrigde and Mark Woodforde from Australia.
Both sets were won on a tie-break (7-6, 7-6) in the match with neither pair breaking serve.
The ambassadors to the US from both India and Pakistan, as well those to the UN, attended the match in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, with the losing pairing being billed as a move towards peace for their nations’ enmity.
“This has been the best match we ever played,” Bob Bryan said. “These guys played incredible. We had to step up and match their energy.”
“This has been a dream. Right now this is the pinnacle,” Mike Bryan said.
Mike Bryan added in reference to his opponents that “they are great guys. They are going to be playing in these for a long time to come.”
After the match, Qureshi drew a standing ovation when speaking about ending the cultural gap between Pakistanis and Americans.
“I feel there’s a very wrong perception of Pakistan as a terrorist country,” Qureshi said.
“We’re a peace-loving country and we want peace as much as you all.”
Bopanna and Qureshi have been playing together for about seven years.