They did it! Another title for them.
Bryans Win 7th Title of Year in Madrid
Stanford ATP Doubles Race leaders Bob and Mike Bryan
denied two-time defending champions Daniel Nestor and Mark Knowles a fourth Madrid title in five years when they defeated their rivals 7-5, 6-4 in Sunday's final.
The Bryans, who are attempting to finish as the year-end No. 1 team for the third time in four years, won an ATP-best seventh title of the year.
Including their Wimbledon victory - which gave the team a career Grand Slam - the Bryans have won five of their past seven tournaments. During that run they have failed to reach the final just once, losing in the third round of the US Open. The Bryans were playing their first tournament since the Open.
Knowles and Nestor took a 4-1 lead in the first set but at 4-2 Knowles double faulted at 30/40 to hand back the break. At 4-4 Bob Bryan hit two clean return winners - an off-forehand crosscourt and a down-the-line backhand - to set up a break of Nestor's serve, and he then served out the first set.
Knowles again dropped serve early in the second set but Bob Bryan was broken back, leveling the set at 3-3. But when Knowles was broken a fourth straight time late in the match - this time when Nestor missed two reflex volleys at the net - there was no stopping the American twins.
The Bryans improved to a 64-11 record this year and have won an ATP-best seven tournaments: Wimbledon, the Australian Open, ATP Masters Series Toronto, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington and Madrid, where they lost to Knowles/Nestor in the 2004 final.
Two-time defending Madrid champions Knowles and Nestor
were chasing their fourth Madrid title in five years and their 17th career ATP Masters Series title as a team.