Wimbledon: Kubot, Melo win marathon men's doubles final

The final lasted a marathon 4 hours 41 minutes and was only the fourth Wimbledon men's doubles final to go to five sets in the last 20 years.

Lukasz Kubot, right, and Marcelo Melo celebrate after defeating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the men's doubles final match.   -  AP

 

Fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo clinched the Wimbledon men's doubles title on Saturday with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 13-11 win over Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.

The final lasted a marathon 4 hours 41 minutes and was only the fourth Wimbledon men's doubles final to go to five sets in the last 20 years.

The final set was the longest since 1992 when John McEnroe and Michael Stich defeated Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg 19-17 in the decider.

That final was also the longest men's doubles championship match at Wimbledon lasting 5 hours 1 minute.

For Poland's Kubot, it was a second Grand Slam doubles title to add to his 2014 Australian Open victory with Robert Lindstedt.

Melo won his only other Slam in 2015 at Roland Garros with Ivan Dodig.

Makarova, Vesnina in women's doubles title rout

Ekaterina Makarova (L) and Elena Vesnina of Russia kiss their winners trophies after victory in the Ladies Doubles Final.   -  Getty Images

 

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

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.

They also won the 2013 French Open and 2014 US Open women's doubles crowns.

Saturday's rout of their Taiwan-Romanian rivals, playing just their second event together, was only the second time a women's doubles final at Wimbledon had been decided by a double-bagel scoreline.

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