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US Open By the Numbers: 9

By E.J. Crawford
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

For a man best known for his work in pairs, Bob Bryan stands alone in US Open history.

Since the dawn of the Open era in 1968, no man has won more US Open titles than Bryan, who is best known for his work with twin brother Mike. The two have combined to capture an astonishing 112 career tour doubles titles, including 16 Grand Slam crowns, both of which stand as all-time marks. They have also won an Olympic gold medal (in 2012) and finished as the No. 1 team in the world a remarkable eight times in 10 years from 2005 and 2014.

Together, the Bryan brothers have claimed five men’s doubles titles at the US Open. The first came in 2005, when the California dreamers toppled top seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi. They have since added championships at regular intervals in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 – the last of which doubled as their 100th career men’s doubles tour title.

To climb to cloud nine, Bob (pictured above, left, with Mike) has also excelled in mixed doubles in Flushing Meadows, posting four title runs in all – with Katarina Srebotnik in 2003, Vera Zvonareva in 2004, Martina Navratilova in 2006 and Liezel Huber in 2010.

Overall, Bob stands third all-time in U.S. titles among men – trailing only Bill Tilden (16 titles from 1913 to 1929) and Richard Sears (13 from 1881 to 1887) – but he is well clear of all current men’s players. In the Open era, the long retired John McEnroe is second with eight championships, followed by the only active players with a chance to catch the left-handed Bryan twin: five-time men’s singles champion Roger Federer and the other half of the Bob’s title success, Mike.  

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