NEW YORK – It had been a struggle all tournament. After one win, Bob Bryan said he and his twin brother were "lucky to be alive."
That luck ran out Thursday. The 35-year-old twins, Mike and Bob Bryan from Camarillo, and the top doubles seeds at the U.S. Open, were upset in the semifinals, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 by fourth-seeded Leander Paes from India and Radek Stepanek from the Czech Republic.
It was the 40-year-old Paes who befuddled the Bryans, who were trying to become the first men's team since Australians Frank Sedgman and Ken McGregor in 1951 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.
"Yeah, we're very disappointed," Bob said. "I mean, as competitors we hate to lose, and we knew what was riding on this match and the opportunity of what we could have accomplished. We got that. But then, in one sense, it's a little bit of a relief. You get to exhale for the first time in a few months.