Lukasz Kubot, Marcelo Melo win men's doubles title at Wimbledon

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 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.

The match had to be finished under the Centre Court floodlights with play suspended at 11-11 in the evening gloom for the roof to be closed.

In a 55-minute final, which followed a 4 hour 41 minute men's doubles championship epic, the second-seeded Russians collected a third Slam doubles title as a team.

Makarova won 6-0 6-0 against Taiwan's Chan Hao-Ching and Romanian Monica Niculescu, under the Centre Court roof and lights in a match that did not get under way until 9.28pm.

"When we stopped, we know we have to be strong at this moment", Melo said.

Two years ago the Russian pair made it to the final but lost to Switzerland's Martina Hingis and India's Sania Mirza in three sets, 5-7, 7-6, 7-5.

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

Chan and Niculescu were playing just their second event together, though Chan was previously one half of a successful sister act with Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然).

The result was the first "double bagel" in the women's doubles final since 1953, when Shirley Fry and Doris Hart beat Maureen Connolly and Julia Sampson 6-0, 6-0.

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