Mike Bryan has won another Wimbledon men’s doubles title, although this time it was not with his twin brother Bob.
The siblings partnered to claim victory at the All England Club in 2006, 2011 and 2013 and are the all-time winningest doubles team in the Open Era. But with Bob Bryan out with a hip injury, Mike Bryan teamed up with fellow Olympic medalist Jack Sock to win his fourth Wimbledon title and his 17th major doubles title, beating New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South Africa’s Raven Klaasen 6-3, 7-6 (7), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 on Saturday.
This is the second Wimbledon title for Sock, who won with Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in 2014. Sock earned gold in mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and bronze in men’s doubles with Steve Johnson at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
Bryan is a three-time Olympian who won gold in men’s doubles in 2012 and bronze in 2008, both with Bob Bryan, and bronze in mixed doubles in 2012 with Lisa Raymond. He was named to the 2016 Olympic team but withdrew before the Games.
Bryan and Sock took the first set, 6-3, but Venus and Klaasen came back to win the second on a tiebreak. The Americans rebounded with a strong third set, winning 6-3. The fourth set was tied 2-2 before Venus and Klaasen held on to take the lead in the fifth game and keep themselves in it. Venus and Klaasen took a 6-5 lead and as the daylight began to wane in London forced a fifth set.
After a break to close the roof, play resumed and Venus and Klassen eventually took a 5-4 lead, forcing Bryan and Sock to hold to stay in the match. They did, then broke their opponents to serve for the title.
By reaching the semifinal, Bryan had secured returning to the No. 1 spot in the ATP doubles rankings, becoming, at 40, the oldest man to do so.