Posted: Saturday January 28, 2012 10:01AM ; Updated: Saturday January 28, 2012 10:01AM

Bryan brothers lose final, denied record 12th Slam

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek denied Bob and Mike Bryan their record 12th Grand Slam doubles title, beating the American twins 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the final of the Australian Open on Saturday.

The 33-year-old Bryans were attempting to secure their place as the most decorated doubles team since the Open Era began in 1968. The Bryan brothers remain tied with the Australian duo of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge with 11 major titles.

Paes and Stepanek are veteran doubles players but were teaming up for just the fourth time. Before partnering for a tuneup event at Sydney earlier this month, the Indian and Czech duo hadn't played together for nearly six years.

The Bryans have captured each major at least once, but they've been most dominant at Melbourne Park, where they've won four straight Australian titles and six overall. They hadn't lost here since the quarterfinals in 2008.

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