Bryans win men's doubles at French

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 08, 2013
Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States won their 14th major doubles title by defeating Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the French Open final Saturday. In the tiebreaker, the Bryans rallied from a 4-2 deficit to clinch the victory when Mahut sent a forehand wide. The twins won their only other French Open in 2003. When they won the Australian Open this year, they broke a tie for most major doubles titles with Australian greats John Newcombe and Tony Roche. Last year at Roland Garros, the Bryans lost the final to Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. Llodra and Mahut were bidding to become the first Frenchmen to win the doubles since Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte in 1984. The Bryans were facing a partisan crowd chanting ''Allez les Bleus'' to encourage Llodra and Mahut, who were playing only their second Grand Slam tournament together. Their lack of understanding on the court sometimes showed as Llodra shouted ''yours'' or ''mine'' to his partner. During a heated rally at 3-3 in the second set, Mike Bryan fired a smash into Mahut's left calf. Mike apologized but the crowd still booed him as Mahut wobbled for a few seconds. Mahut had his leg treated with a spray during the changeover at 5-4 and then at 2-1 in the third. Mahut created the only break point of the final set with a backhand return winner at 4-3. But the French team failed to convert it as Llodra sent a forehand return into the net.
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