Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and Belarusian Max Mirnyi beat Bob and Mike Bryan of US 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 to win the French Open men's doubles title on Saturday.
updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
Paris:Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and Belarusian Max Mirnyi beat Bob and Mike Bryan of US 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 to win the French Open men's doubles title on Saturday. This is their second French Open title in a row. The same teams faced each other in the 2005 final at Roland Garros. They also met in the US Open final in September, when the Bryan brothers won. "It's always nice with repeats. It's been a great two weeks," Bjorkman said. "We do well on all surfaces, but our strength comes out on clay better". The Bryans are the first men's doubles team to reach six consecutive Grand Slam finals, and they had a chance to tie the record for most major titles in a row at three. "Jonas is solid. Max is sometimes the 'X-factor.' But he was putting a lot of returns in and not missing first serves," Bob Bryan said. The last time the same two teams played in consecutive finals at Roland Garros was in 1951 and 1952, with Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman defeating Gardnar Mulloy and Richard Savitt both years. Finding range Bjorkman struggled with his service return throughout the first set but eventually found his range. "That was probably the worst I returned in one set, I think, for the last 15 years I played. For my standard, that was very, very poor," the Swede said. "I was just so shocked at myself. I didn't put any ball in the court". The decisive service break came with Mike Bryan serving at 5-5 in the third set, when Mirnyi hit a winning backhand volley. (AP)