July 6 (Bloomberg) -- Bob and Mike Bryan won the Wimbledon men’s doubles title to become the first team to be champions of all four majors at the same time since the sport went professional.
The American twins came back to beat Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo of Brazil 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The Bryans were playing in their 25th Grand Slam championship match, while their opponents, who got together last year, were in their first.
“It’s been a really good run for us,” Mike Bryan said. “We just take it one point at a time but it adds up over two or three months. We’ve put the game in the right perspective.”
The victory also gives the 35-year-olds a so-called Golden Slam, as they hold the Olympic title after winning last year at the All England Club. They won at Wimbledon in 2006 and 2011 and have extended their record for major doubles titles to 15, three more than the next-closest team, John Newcombe and Tony Roche.
Along with their three championships, the brothers are three-time runners-up at the London grass-court major.
The victory keeps 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. No team has held all four titles at the same time since tennis went professional in 1968.
In the women’ final, Taiwan’s Su Wei Hsieh and China’s Peng Shuai beat Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 7-6 (7-1), 6-1.
It is the first Grand Slam title for the pair. Hsieh is the first Taiwanese player to win a major tennis championship.
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