US Open: Grand Slam dreams of Mike and Bob Bryan expire in New York
Last Updated: 05/09/13 9:50pm
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek celebrate a famous triumph over the Bryan brothers in New York
The Grand Slam dreams of doubles team Mike and Bob Bryan are over after the American brothers lost their semi-final match at the US Open to Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek.
The Bryan twins were hoping to become the first men's pair since 1951 to win all four Grand Slam titles - that of Australia, France, Wimbledon and United States - in the same calendar year.
However, despite taking the first set, the 35-year-old Americans were beaten 3-6 6-3 6-4 much to the disappointment of a partisan home crowd on the Arthur Ashe Court.
India's Paes and Stepanek of the Czech Republic needed 113 minutes to secure a famous victory.
In the deciding set, Paes and Stepanek broke twice to take a 4-1 lead before recovering from 0-40 down on their own serve to win the next game too and move within touching distance of the win.
Although the Bryans recovered one of the breaks, their hopes finally expired in game 10 which they lost to love.
The 40-year-old Paes said: "I have great respect for the Bryan boys. They are great ambassadors for US tennis.
"But I have a great partner in Radek. He had spinal surgery this year and has fought his way back after a tough year. So when we play together we feel anything is possible."
The only men's doubles duo to complete a calendar year Grand Slam remains the Australian pairing of Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman.
The No 4 seeded Paes and Stepanek will face the second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the final.
The Austrian-Brazilian duo beat Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 7-5 6-4 in the other semi-final.