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Bryan brothers win Wimbledon doubles crown

LONDON — The Bryan brothers got big air at Wimbledon on Saturday.

Yes, there was a little more room than usual between their feet and the ground for their latest version of the ‘‘Bryan Bump’’ — the famed chest bump they use to celebrate their victories — because of what that victory meant.

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Their 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo wrapped up the Bryan Slam, making the 35-year-old identical twins from California the first men’s doubles team in the history of Open-era tennis to hold all four major titles at the same time.

‘‘It just feels like we’re adding nuts and whipped cream and cherries to our great career,’’ Bob Bryan said. ‘‘We said that a few years ago: If we retire today, we feel like we've done it all. Let’s go have some fun and add to whatever this is.’’

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They now have 15 Grand Slam tournament victories, improving on the record they broke at the Australian Open when they surpassed John Newcombe and Tony Roche as the winningest men’s pairing of all time. It’s their third Wimbledon title, and the victory made the Bryans the first team to hold all the slams along with an Olympic gold medal.

If they win the US Open in September, they'll join Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman as the second men’s team to complete a calendar Grand Slam. The Aussie duo did it in 1951, 17 years before the Open era began, and ended up winning seven titles in a row before the streak was snapped at the 1952 US Open.

Bob Bryan served out the match and after match point — a 129-mile-per-hour ace — the brothers jumped as high as they can remember while performing their chest bump.

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They plan to keep doing it through at least 2016 at the Rio Olympics. They have 91 overall titles and would like to make it 100.

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Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai won their first Grand Slam title with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 victory over Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the women’s doubles final.

Hsieh became the first player from Taiwan to win a Grand Slam title, while Peng gave China its first doubles title at a major in seven years. They were seeded eighth.

The 12th-seeded Dellacqua and Barty were bidding to become the first all-Australian team to win the women’s title at Wimbledon since 1978.

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