Michael Bryan and Bob Bryan have accomplished more on the ATP Doubles Tour than anyone else in the history of tennis.
Even with that, the Bryan's were still disappointed in themselves after losing to Leander Paes and Radek Stepack, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the men's doubles semifinals at the US Open on Thursday night in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
The Stanford products, seeded No. 1 for this US Open, have made history in their sport and there was another historical moment waiting for them.
"We knew what was riding on this match," Bob Bryan said. "We're very disappointed. As competitors, we hate to lose. At the same time, it's a relief. We can exhale."
The Bryan brothers were looking to become the first doubles team to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year. They had already won four straight, a record-setting 28-match winning streak in Gram Slam events.
"We really wanted it," Mike Bryan said. "We could taste it. Sometimes you can want it too much. We played a little so safe. There were some strategical things we could have done differently."
The Bryan brothers set the tennis world on its ears with their history of success. They've won more tournaments, more matches, more everything than any other doubles team.
They made doubles fun again, becoming world renowned for their chest bump after victories and bringing attention to doubles.
"We have been fortunate to have this opportunity," Mike Bryan said. "The crowds have been great and we feel like we did everything we could have done."
Paes and Stepack responded to their first set loss by becoming even more aggressive as the Bryan's became tentative.
"All the luck that has been on our side all this time went against us today and those guys played a great match," Bob Bryan said. "There's just too much that can go wrong and a lot that has to go right. There is such a fine line among doubles teams now. We're probably not going to get a chance to do it again."
So what's next for the Bryan's?
"This whole run has been great for doubles and great for us," Bob Bryan said. "We had a great run. Now it's time to start the next chapter. We can move on and work on the next run. There's always something on the horizon. There's the next goal."