Mirnyi and Bhupathi in Doubles Final!

09-06-2002, 10:58 AM
Mad Max and his dubs partner Bhupathi are in the Finals, after winning over the Bryan Brothers last night in 3 tough sets!:)


09-06-2002, 12:15 PM
Hey, congrats to Max!! I wasn't sure how that match was going to go . . . Good luck, boys!!

09-06-2002, 12:25 PM
Great news.

They haven't yet won a tournament since they are playing together, have they? That would be a big one to start with for sure!

That would also be a nice way to top Max's wonderful fortnight.



09-06-2002, 12:37 PM
Mirnyi and Bhupathi Bury Bryan Brothers
by Laura Andriani
Thursday, September 5, 2002

Though most people would believe that Thursday night was reserved for Kid Roddick and Pistol Pete, a select few decided to attend a lesser-known but equally interesting match in the Louis Armstrong stadium. No. 6 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan, the "All-American" twins from Camarillo, California faced No. 3 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi.

Both teams played solidly in the beginning. Although Mirnyi and Bhupathi played a three-set match earlier on in the day, they seemed invigorated and confident in their play. Mirnyi and Bhupathi began the first set with speed and precision, quickly taking the 1-0 lead. Southpaw Bob Bryan, however, stunned the No. 3 seeds with four straight unreturnable serves, each clocking over 121-mph. Play continued in a similar pattern, with the Bryan brothers hanging at the baseline and Mirnyi and Bhupathi swarming the net. Each player held his serve until the eighth game, when Mike Bryan failed to return Bhupathi's drop volley during break point. From there, Mirnyi and Bhupathi controlled the set, outrunning the Bryans and hitting six winners. They took the first set in 26 minutes, 6-3.

The Bryans rebounded in the second set, quickly taking four games, while Mirnyi and Bhupathi managed to eke out only one. Winning 13 of their 16 first service points, the Bryans changed up their strategy and ratcheting up their net appearances. Points were quick, rallies were few, and in only 25 minutes, the Bryans were up 5-2. Bhupathi held strong, and Mirnyi adjusted his serve to hold the set at 3-5. On the next game however, Bob Bryan served for the match and took it with a 115-mph first serve.

The Bryans' serves continued to be lightening quick, and they seamlessly shuffled from side to side in a way that only twins can do. But even in their matching outfits, the twins could not stop speedy Bhupathi nor "The Beast". Just as they were getting comfortable, Mirnyi and Bhupathi put their groundstrokes on rapid fire. They hammered forehands and backhands at the Bryans, who waited at the net like sitting ducks.

Up 4-2, Mirnyi and Bhupathi clinched the seventh game, coming even closer to a spot in the finals.

The Bryans would play their best, holding their serve to trail by two games. But in the end, it was Mirnyi who would lead the way to victory, rifling a 110-mph serve that won him and Bhupathi the match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

09-06-2002, 12:59 PM
thanks for the article TH. good luck to Max and Bhupathi!!!

09-06-2002, 01:17 PM
Good luck in the final Max and Mahesh!!! :bounce:

Take that trophy home! :D

09-06-2002, 01:26 PM
go Boys go !!!!!!!!!!

good luck

09-06-2002, 02:59 PM
Good luck Beast and Buhpathi. Win it all! :bounce:

09-06-2002, 03:13 PM
Well done Max and Mahesh :)

I've heard Max will not play many/ probably any doubles next year as he wants to concentrate on singles so it will be great if he wins the US Open once again :)

09-06-2002, 03:16 PM
I like Max but I want Stepanek to win :D

09-06-2002, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by Nina
Well done Max and Mahesh :)

I've heard Max will not play many/ probably any doubles next year as he wants to concentrate on singles so it will be great if he wins the US Open once again :)

Oh, victory would be even sweeter, then :)

It will be nice to see Max progressing up the singles rankings!

09-06-2002, 06:21 PM
Wooohooo! Mirnyi and Bhupathi won!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Score: 6-3 3-6 6-4. Congrats! :D

09-06-2002, 06:23 PM
well done Max/Mahesh :bounce: :D

Gonzo Hates Me!
09-06-2002, 06:39 PM
Go Belarussian!!!!!!!!!!!! ...and partner in crime, lol

Max is very attractive too

09-06-2002, 06:42 PM
one word for this victory-justice! after that one horrible line call.

congrats mirnyi and bhupathi! :)

09-06-2002, 07:57 PM
Mirnyi and Bhupathi Win Doubles Championships
by Laura Andriani
Friday, September 6, 2002

Max Mirnyi and Mahesh Bhupathi continued their run in the US Open Men's Doubles tournament on Friday by winning the finals against Jiri Novak and Radek Stepanek. Mirnyi, otherwise known as "The Beast" and the equally intimidating Bhupathi sprinted to a 4-1 lead in the first set.

Serving upwards of 126-mph, Mirnyi and Bhupathi tore through their groundstrokes like a unexpected hurricane. They let only two more games slip by before closing in on a first set win. On set point, Bhupathi angled a forehand volley into the ad corner, where it was untouched by his opponents.The Czech duo of Novak and Stepanek had their moments of triumph, but remained streaky throughout the first set, winning just 8 of 29 receiving points. Mirnyi and Bhupathi took the first set, 6-3.

Novak and Stepanek seemed to re-energize during the changeover, and started rifling groundstrokes at the No. 3 seeds. To say that Bhupathi hugged the net would be an understatement. The India native pounced on Novak and Stepanek's service returns with cat-like quickness.

Consequently, Novak and Stepanek changed their strategy midway through the set and responded to Bhupathi's power with a menacing force of their own. When the crucial break points came along, it was Novak who kicked it up a notch, scoring him and his partner five games as opposed to Bhupathi and Mirnyi's two. Bhupathi and Mirnyi rallied themselves to clinch the eighth game, bringing the Czech's lead to only two games. However, Stepanek peaked in the ninth game, putting an end to the second set with near-perfect serving. He and Novak would take the second set, 6-3.

Mirnyi and Bhupathi took a 3-1 lead in the third set thanks to power serves and deep volleys. Novak stayed at the baseline during many points, leaving Stepanek to chase down drop volleys. This far into the match, it seemed to be too exhausting for the Stepanek, and he moved back to join Novak at the baseline. They clinched three more games, but ultimately it was the titanic team of Mirnyi and Bhupathi who would hustle their way to victory, taking the third set, 6-4. They will split the $375,000 prize.

09-06-2002, 11:14 PM
:bounce: MAX :bounce:

09-06-2002, 11:16 PM
2002 US Open men's doubles champions Max Mirnyi (BLR) and Mahesh Bhupathi (IND).
Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

09-06-2002, 11:22 PM
:kiss: to Layla and Hackie! thanks for the article and pic!

09-06-2002, 11:57 PM
I was trying to find the picture when I posted the article, I suppose I should have waited a few hours!!

Thanks for the pic, Layla. I <3 Max :D

09-07-2002, 12:41 AM
I am so glad they Won

Good Job Max!!!!.....and well done for Buhpathi....kool

did you see the way Bhupati huged Max at the end...aawwwwww
that was very emotive


09-07-2002, 07:40 PM
Title for a Tired Mirnyi

For two days, Max Mirnyi told himself he wasn't tired.

Sure, he had played four grueling and eventually heartbreaking sets in the singles quarterfinals against Andre Agassi late into Wednesday night. And sure, he had played two three-set doubles matches Thursday--one lasting nearly three hours--to reach the final yesterday with his partner, Mahesh Bhupathi.

"I stuck to the idea that it's a U.S. Open title and there's no bigger tournament than this tournament and you'd better give everything you have," Mirnyi said. "So now I'm pretty tired." Mirnyi laughed. He could be comfortably tired after his second United States Open doubles title. He and Bhupathi defeated Jiri Novak and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Earlier, the Americans Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan beat Bob Bryan, Mike's twin, and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (1), for the mixed doubles title.

Mirnyi, a native of Belarus, teamed with Bhupathi, a native of India who was an all-American at Mississippi. It was Bhupathi's first Open title; he has won three other Grand Slam doubles titles with other partners.

"After every match, Mahesh was providing a countdown for me, you know, saying, `Three down, four to go,' " Mirnyi said. "When I lost to Andre, I gave it all I had. But I had to come back and be focused to win the doubles."

In the third set yesterday, Mirnyi lost his serve for the first time in a doubles match in the tournament when an umpire overruled a line call. He and Bhupathi argued about it at length and then made it irrelevant, breaking Novak's serve to win the match. When Novak's final shot strayed wide, Mirnyi tossed his racket aside, hugged Bhupathi and remembered something. He was very, very tired.

09-07-2002, 07:55 PM
Post-Match Interview


THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. Congratulations?

Q. How does it feel to win your first Grand Slam together?
MAX MIRNYI: Very good. Any Grand Slam is good, but we've known each other for a long time. I think we started to play on tour about maybe the same time. So finally after this many years, it's good to win such a big tournament.

Q. What is it that makes you such a winning team, Max?
MAX MIRNYI: Well, this is actually maybe our first title this year.
MAX MIRNYI: So it's a good one to win. We had good results in general, but I think the fact that we try to stay positive and work hard through many ups and downs, because there are many. No matter how good you play, there's always letdowns. It's a matter of how fast you come out of it, how well you support each other.
I think we do that very well for one another. That's why we are having a good year so far.

Q. Mahesh, how does this compare with the Roland Garros and Wimbledon doubles titles?
MAHESH BHUPATHI: As Max said, a Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. But, you know, obviously it's different. Max and me, we started playing in April. You know, I think what makes us click is that we know we fight. Yesterday we played two really tough matches, we fought till the end. We have two big games. If we keep fighting, we always put a lot of pressure on our opponents. So it works out well for us.

Q. Max, can you talk about just how tired are you after playing four sets in singles, then playing doubles today?
MAX MIRNYI: Well, I kind of sort of program myself in a way of how many matches I had to play. Like after every match, after every singles or doubles match, Mahesh was providing a countdown for me, you know, saying, "Three down, four to go," or...
Just kind of stuck to my mind. When I lost to Andre in the quarterfinals, I gave it all I had in that match. But, you know, I had to come back the next day and be focused to play the doubles. I knew that in order for us to win this tournament, I had to win that first match in the morning yesterday, which was very tough, then the following match.
So I kind of just knew that it was gonna be tough, but I stuck to the idea that it's a US Open title, and there's no other bigger tournament than this tournament, and you better give everything you have. So now I'm pretty tired (smiling).

Q. You seem to have a lot of people cheering for you in the stands. Even though you only lived in Brooklyn for a short time, do you think this is home?
MAX MIRNYI: I think this is long enough. I lived here for a year. Over the year I've developed a lot of friends. There's a big Russian speaking community. A lot of them follow my progress and they're happy I was part of their lives.
Every time I get back here to New York for the US Open , there's a whole big reunion of us. I don't get to see all of them because it's physically impossible, but maybe just providing them with tickets to come and see the matches is my thank you in a way for them.

(Note: this is a partial transcript)

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09-07-2002, 08:02 PM
Another photo of the winners :)


09-07-2002, 08:12 PM
Thanks for the articles and the pic TH! :) Gotta love those smiles. :)

lol How do they ALWAYS manage to mistake Slovenia for Slovakia and vice versa. :rolleyes: Katarina Srebotnik is from Slovenia of course. Come to think of it, the only time I saw the name Slovenia mentioned was when Hantuchova won Indian Wells and she's from Slovakia. :D lmao.

09-07-2002, 08:33 PM
Seriously, I think most people think Slovenia and Slovakia are one and the same. Especially since our illustrious president botched the names himself :rolleyes:

But I thought Slovakia was still the Slovak Republic. When did it change?

09-07-2002, 08:36 PM
The official name is the Slovak Republic, but both names are used interchangeably.

09-07-2002, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by Layla
The official name is the Slovak Republic, but both names are used interchangeably.

Oh, okay. I feared a world event had happened without someone notifying me.

09-07-2002, 11:34 PM
what a terrific match!!! i watched it live and then watched the tape again. i adore Bhupathi and i want to have the Beast's love child, so my weekend got off to a great start! :eek:

09-08-2002, 12:17 AM
Originally posted by tennischick
i want to have the Beast's love child

LMAO, you'll have to thumbwrestle me for that priviledge :D

09-08-2002, 02:18 AM
lol @ you two. :o

Great match indeed. And I was lucky enough that it was on tv here as well. Usually, the only doubles we get is on Davis Cup coverage. Very entertaining match with a perfect outcome. :D
Congrats Max and Mahesh!

09-08-2002, 11:13 AM
Wow Max smiling :eek::p