Wimbledon doubles joy for Kubot and Melo as final goes the distance

Lynette Rowe
July 16, 2017

Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo beat Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 13-11 to win the Wimbledon men's doubles title. In the women's singles, Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrated a famous victory over five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams, 37.

Olympic champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation won their first Wimbledon women's doubles title with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Hao-Ching Chan and Monica Niculescu.

Following the men's doubles title match that ran for a gruelling four hours and 40 minutes, it was quickfire fare in the last final of the day.

"We knew if we give them a little chance, the momentum can change". Melo won the 2015 French Open with Ivan Dodig.

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The longest men's doubles final in Wimbledon history was in 1992, when John McEnroe and Michael Stich beat Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg 5-7, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17.

"When we finished the match, I told Elena, 'It's 6-0, 6-0, but it doesn't seem like that.' It was very close match, especially second set".

With the win, Melo will return to the No. 1 ranking in men's doubles.

Kubot also becomes a two-time grand slam champion after he won the Australian Open doubles title in 2014.

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