VIENNA, October 29, 2016
The Bryan Brothers celebrated a milestone victory on late Friday evening at the Stadthalle in Vienna. After beating Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay and Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 in their second round match of the Erste Bank Open 500, the US-twins have become the first team to record 1,000 doubles match wins. Tournament director Herwig Straka presented a gigantic original Viennese Sacher Cake, which had been shared with the fans after the official ceremony on centre court.
“We’re happy to get the 1,000 in Vienna,” said Mike Bryan. “This is going to be a special city for us until we die. This is going to be very memorable forever for us. It is also nice that we could share that moment with Thomas Muster, one of our idols when we were young. I guess that the cake was not cheap, so we are glad that we won and they did not spend the money for nothing,” he joked.
“We’ve been looking at this number 1,000 for a couple of years and it’s been a big goal of ours, to do it tonight in Vienna in front of all of you guys is amazing. We really appreciate the support, we really appreciate you guys staying for the doubles and giving us some love, and like Mike said this city will always have a place in our heart,” Bob Bryan added.
The siblings’ first doubles match win on the ATP World Tour is dated back to the year 1996, when the Bryans defeated Mark Keil and Dave Randall in the opening round in Atlanta in two tie-break sets. That another doubles team will ever be able to crack this impressive mark in the future, is pretty uncertain or at least, it will be very tough to break.