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Bryan Twins Lose Final to Mirnyi, Bjorkman

June 05, 2005|Lisa Dillman

PARIS — Bob and Mike Bryan of Camarillo, attempting to win their second French Open men's doubles title, fell short in the final on Saturday against second-seeded Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Max Mirnyi of Belarus.

Bjorkman and Mirnyi rallied and also waited out a rain delay to beat the third-seeded Bryans, winning, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, in 1 hour 32 minutes. The Bryans are 1-4 in Grand Slam finals, having won here in 2003.

They lost the Australian Open final in January after beating Bjorkman and Mirnyi in the semifinals; the twins had been 2-0 against them before Saturday's final.

The final momentum shift came in the seventh game of the third set when the Bryans were broken. Mirnyi, at 5-4, held at love to clinch the match.

"We might have wasted all our [service] breaks," Bob Bryan said of the first set. "They're a tough team. When we've played them it's been momentum shifts. This could have been straight sets."

Said Mike Bryan: "We've had some bad luck in finals. I guess we have to keep putting ourselves in this position."

-- Lisa Dillman

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