American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have a chance to go golden this weekend.
A victory against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the Wimbledon men’s doubles final tomorrow would give the 35-year-old brothers all four Grand Slam tennis titles plus the Olympic gold medal at the same time, a feat dubbed the “Golden Slam.” They’ve won every major title since losing in last year’s semifinals at the All England Club.
“It’s pretty cool,” Mike Bryan said. “Definitely a great opportunity to do something a team’s never done before. We’re just going to go out there and have fun. There’s not a huge amount of pressure. We’re going to try to go out and win the Wimbledon title, which we’ve done before.”
The top-seeded brothers, who captured Wimbledon titles in 2006 and 2011, yesterday beat Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the semifinals.
Croatia’s Dodig and Melo, a Brazilian, are seeded 12th in the tournament and are appearing in their first Grand Slam final. The Bryans lost last year to Britain’s Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark, who went on to win the final.
Along with their two championships, the brothers are three-time runners-up at the London grass-court major.
A victory also will keep them on track for a calendar-year sweep of the four Grand Slam titles, which has only been done by one other men’s doubles team, Australians Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman in 1951.
The brothers are looking to win their 91st tour-level title and 15th major in 24 finals, and are on a 23-match win streak. Dodig and Melo, who first played together last year, present a new challenge to the Bryans.
“When you play a new team, sometimes you’re playing a team during kind of their honeymoon period,” Bob Bryan said. “Everything is fresh and new. They’re swinging for the fences. It is tough. When a new team comes together, you really have to watch some tape and figure out what they’re doing different.”