The Bryan Brothers were on a roll. It certainly looked like they were the odds-on favorites to win the US Open Men's Doubles title and thus complete the true (CY) Grand Slam. Personally, I thought they were a shoe-in. But alas they came up short, losing to Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek yesterday, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. And so the record of Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman from 1951 stands. Even with the homogenization of slam surfaces: slowing down of Wimbledon grass and the current USO courts being referred to as "fast clay," it still appears that the (CY) Grand Slam is terrifically difficult to accomplish. The odds against it are so high--one slip up, one less than stellar match, and it's over. (Perhaps ironically, with this same homogenization of surfaces, it does appear that the Career Grand Slam has gotten easier--having been accomplished by three players between 1992 and 2010.) It therefore remains the "Everest of tennis"--the ultimate achievement.