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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 September, 2003, 19:31 GMT 20:31 UK
Woodbridge closes on history
Todd Woodbridge
Woodbridge needs to two more titles to beat the all-time record
Todd Woodbridge partnered Jonas Bjorkman to the US Open men's doubles title to stand only one short of Dutchman Tom Okker's all-time record.

Woodbridge and Bjorkman rallied to beat American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 5-7 6-0 7-5 for the $400,000 top prize.

It was Woodbridge's 77th doubles title, putting him level with John McEnroe on the all-time list.

Woodbridge and Bjorkman won their fourth Grand Slam trophy, following the 2001 Australian Open and the past two Wimbledon crowns.

"This is quite amazing," Woodbridge said. "Jonas and I have played well together from the time we got together. We wanted to win majors and this is our fourth one in three years. I couldn't be happier."

Woodbridge and his former partner Mark Woodforde paired up for 61 titles, 11 of them Grand Slams, before the "Woodies" broke up when Woodforde retired in 2000.

Hopefully I can carry Todd and Todd can carry me to that record
Jonas Bjorkman
McEnroe has hinted that he would like to partner Woodbridge to try and equal Okker's record but Bjorkman insists he wants to share that honour.

"Hopefully I can carry Todd and Todd can carry me to that record he's trying to reach," Bjorkman said.

Woodbridge's Wimbledon win in July gave him a record-equalling eighth win for the most doubles titles on the All-England grass.

Bjorkman and Woodbridge extended their record to 4-1 against the Bryans, who won their first Grand Slam title in June at the French Open.

"Hopefully Todd is going to leave the tour soon, pass that record, give us a chance to win a couple more," Bob joked.



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