Congrats Bryans for all the records, but even a Bryan brothers would not have been too pleased with this match. It was probably their easiest match in the tournament. They had to almost nothing, apart from a very great retrievals at Paes' dropshots.
Stepanek seemed uninterested, at best. Apart from two points, there was absolutely none of Paes' trademark aggression. The only good game they played was Stepanek's last hold. If they had been so bad initially, they would probably have lost in the second round. The overhead's were one of the worst I have seen. No smashing, just put the ball back into play. Mike even managed to return one smash with his wrong hand. And that was probably the best smash from Paes/Steps in the entire match. And Steps volleying was even worse than in the SF. Just give it straight back to one of the brothers with no pace what soever. To top it all off, the first set was strewn with errors.
I think Paes/Steps could be one of the most inconsistent top teams in recent times. The lack of co-ordination today was laughable. The first set and a half was even worse than the MC QF this year.
It was Bob iirc. Great summary. Paes anticipated Bryans better than his partner. When Bryans hit something down the middle it was a point for them almost all the time it seems. Well Stepanek won for them the AO final (Paes was good too ofc), the USO final was lost mainly by him.
BTW Bryans are almost certain YE #1, the second team (Mirnyi/Nestor) is more than 2700 points behind in the race. They didnt start the year great but they lead comfortably right now. Whatsmore they got 0 points for their Olympic win