Bryan twins denied ticket to US party

America was able to celebrate two successes here on this Independence Day holiday weekend, thanks to the Williams sisters winning Saturday's ladies doubles after Serena had lifted the solo crown, but the US endured disappointment in other finals. The Californian twins, Bob and Mike Bryan, ranked No 1 in the men's doubles, lost Saturday's final in that event to Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.

Jordan Cox, an American from Georgia, lost yesterday's boys' final against Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, who prevailed 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. There were no American girls involved beyond the last eight of the girls' singles, which was won by Thailand's Noppawan Lertcheewakarn – beaten by Laura Robson last year – against Kristina Mladenovic of France.

Nestor and Zimonjic won their second straight title in SW19 by beating the No 1 seeded Bryans 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3. "It's a great accomplishment," said Nestor, who was playing in his third Grand Slam event with Zimonjic – two Wimbledon wins and the French Open final last year, which they lost. Saturday's match was the first time they had played the Bryan brothers, who have won seven Slams, at a Slam event. "It's great to be able to play them on a big stage and beat them," Nestor said.

The Bryans had not dropped a set on the way to the final, and did not drop serve on Saturday until the fourth set. "I haven't lost serve in doubles or mixed in probably two years," Bob Bryan said.

The Williams sisters started Saturday's action on Centre Court in the ladies' final, which Serena won, and returned to the same stage later to retain their doubles title. They beat Australia's Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs 7-6, 6-4.

"There's nothing like winning a title with your sister," said Serena. "It's really a good feeling." Serena, serving for the match at 5-4 in the second, converted the point with a booming ace. She celebrated by jumping up and down and then hugging Venus, who hardly looked like someone dwelling on the fact her sister had deprived her of a sixth Wimbledon singles title earlier. Asked how they would celebrate, Serena said: "We've had a long day. We're just still trying to figure out what we're going to do."

While the British wait for glory goes on, one Briton, Dan Cox, 18, from Lincoln, did get to play with Roger Federer yesterday. The British No 11, ranked No 623 in the world, got a call from Paul Annacone on Saturday night, asking if he would like to hit with Federer yesterday morning. Huge crowds gathered to watch. "It's a massive honour to hit with someone like him anytime, let alone before such a big final," Cox said. "Even having the chance to talk to someone like that is fantastic and it's something I'll never forget."

Wimbledon 2009: Roll of Honour

*Men's singles: R Federer (Swi)

*Women's singles: S Williams (US)

*Men's doubles: D Nestor (Can) and N Zimonjic (Ser)

*Women's doubles: S Williams (US) & V Williams (US)

*Mixed doubles: M Knowles (Bah) & A Groenefeld (Ger)

*Junior boys: A Kuznetsov (Rus)

*Junior girls: N Lertcheewakarn (Tha)

*Junior boys doubles: P Herbert (Fr) & K Krawietz (Ger)

*Junior girls doubles: N Lertcheewakarn (Tha) & S Peers (Aus)

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