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Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (Kansas City Explorers) captured their third ATP World Tour title of the season on Saturday after they defeated Olivier Marach of Austria and Slovak Filip Polasek 7-6(5), 6-3 at the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur.

It was the American's 78th tour-level title (78-42 overall). They split €21,800 in prize money and earn 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points. First-time pair Marach and Polasek shared €11,480 and 150 points.

"We've obviously very happy we came," said Mike Bryan. "We've been playing well on the French Riviera the last few years. Our level improved with every match and we feel confident going into Roland Garros.

"We were up and down in the first set. We were down a break, so it was nice to fight back. I think we served well the whole week, especially today."

Bob Bryan said, "It's the second title with [my daughter] Micaela now, her birth put the tour and my career into perspective. I'm playing for my family now. It's not more pressure, but it's more fun. I'm happy to be travelling the world with the two people I love, Michelle and Micaela. I'm happy to make memories with them.

"It's nine years since we won at Roland Garros, so we'd like to win again there."

The Bryans have also lifted trophies, in 2012, at the Apia International Sydney (d. Ebden-Nieminen) in January and their third straight crown at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (d. Mirnyi-Nestor). They were also beaten in the Australian Open final (l. to Paes-Stepanek).

Marach and Polasek saved break points in their second and third service games, but went onto break to 30 for 4-3 lead. The Bryans immediately broke Marach's to 15 for 4-4. Marach saved two set points on his serve, at 30/40 and advantage, at 5-6, before the tie-break that saw the Bryans take a 6-0 lead. They eventually wrapped up the set in 51 minutes. The Bryans had dropped five points on their serves and converted just one of their eight break point opportunities.

Buoyed with confidence the twins broke Marach to 30 in the opening game of the second set, before breaking Polasek in the final game to wrap up victory in 86 minutes. The Bryans are now 26-5 on the year, ahead of Roland Garros.

Marach dropped to 12-9 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals and Polasek to 9-11 overall.
 
Photo: KC EXplorers