May 26, 2017

Bryan Brothers Keep Calendar Slam Hopes Alive with Comeback Win at US Open

Bryan Brothers Photo by Kevin Ware

Bryan Brothers Photo by Kevin Ware

(September 1, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The dream of a calendar Grand Slam is still alive for brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, but on Sunday in the third round of the US Open they had a scare from the Canadian pair in Daniel Nestor and Vasek Posposil.

The Beyans, defending champions were down a set and a break against the Canadians on before pulling out a 6-7 (1), 7-5, 6-2 win.

After losing the first set the Bryan Brothers did something that had not done in three years – switched sides.

“It’s a pretty big deal,” Mike Bryan said of switching receiving sides.  “It’s a pretty big deal because we just never practice the other way.  I have only taken a few deuce court returns in the last three, four years.  I don’t see it very often.

“We’re not very comfortable with our second shots.  We’re not used to poaching with our backhand volleys in the middle.  But when you’re desperate, you kind have nothing to lose just because we didn’t have much hope the other way.

“We have done it against Nestor in the past.  You know, we switched up with him in the Aussie Open final and it worked a few times against him.

“It was Bob’s idea.  He just came up to me.  He’s like, You want to switch?”

he was creating some incredible angles in the deuce court wide, and he was serving the lefty T, so it felt like the box was huge.

“I thought I would have a little bit better chance in the ad where he would have to come right down the T to my backhand, and if I slid around I would get more forehands,” said Bob Bryan.

“It ended up working out, but, yeah, it was just a desperate cal.  I mean, we were feeling a little bit hopeless on the return games, and throwing in a switch like that sometimes is a psychological advantage.  You know, the physical game plan worked to our advantage.”

The Bryans are attempting to become the first men’s double’s team in the open era and first since 1951 to achieve a true Grand Slam by winning all four majors in the same year.