By Tucker Verdi
Identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan are one more chest bump away from yet another doubles title to add to their already-record collection.
With a win on Saturday afternoon, the most storied and successful pairing in Men’s Doubles tennis will claim a 37th Masters 1000 title, a 114th doubles title as a team, and a 5th title in Key Biscayne.
The “mirror twins” – Mike being right-handed and Bob being left-handed – previously took home the Miami Open doubles title in 2007 2008 and 2014 2015. Their 5th championship would break a tie with Todd Woodbridge, Mark Woodforde, and Max Mirnyi for the most Miami Open men’s doubles trophies.
The once-dominant pairing has struggled to maintain the success, as any team would at 39 years old. But they’ve reached their second consecutive Masters 1000 final after a runner-up finish in Indian Wells two weeks ago, and seem to have found a new rhythm in this unique stage of their combined career.
On the other side of the court on Saturday afternoon will be a team playing in only their 4th tour-level event together. Russians Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev are 21 and 20, respectively, and have a combined 4 singles and doubles titles in their careers. The Bryan Brothers once held all 4 Grand Slams at once from the 2012 US Open to Wimbledon 2013, just for comparison.
But none of that will matter on the court. All the records and history are thrown out and the team that wins two sets takes home all the glory.
Will the young Russians upend the best men’s tennis duo in history? Or will the Bryan Brothers continue to cement their legacy as the greatest of all time?
About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
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