The Stepanek-Paes team improved to 4-4 lifetime against the Bryans and added another chapter to a nice little story of their own. Stepanek was out of action after neck surgery this year following the Australian Open.
"When he got injured, I got lots of phone calls to play with other guys, but that's not what you do," Paes said. "What you do is you stand by your partner. I have tremendous belief in him, and he's really shown that belief coming good."
While they move on, the Bryans take some time to make some sense of it all. Out of answers on a Grand Slam court for the first time in a year, they started coming to grips with the opportunity that slipped away.
"Realistically, it will probably never happen," Mike Bryan said. "The margins are just so fine in doubles. There are just too many great teams out there and too much can go wrong, and a lot has to go right to be in that position.
"So, we gave it everything we had."
AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa in Brisbane, Australia, contributed to this report.
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