LONDON (Reuters) - Juergen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner eased to a quick-fire victory over Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title on Saturday.
Austrian Melzer and Germany’s Petzschner dispatched the 16th seeds 6-1 7-5 7-5 on a sun-baked Center Court.
“I think we played really well. We played incredible tennis in the first set,” Petzschner told reporters.”
“We played one of our best matches out there and deserved the win.”
The victory secured a maiden grand slam title for both players who never looked in serious danger of relinquishing their grip on the match after breaking their opponents three times in the opening set.
Strolling on to court after Serena Williams had claimed her fourth singles title, the unseeded pair out-muscled their opponents with some stinging backcourt ground strokes and sharp net play.
Sweden’s Lindstedt and Romania’s Tecau held on to their coat tails in the second set before being broken in the 12th game when Melzer returned with a backhand down the line.
Melzer and Petzschner, who only this season joined forces, broke in the second game of the third set but their opponents made them wait to lift the trophy breaking back, before holding to level at 4-4.
Hopes of a comeback were emphatically dashed as the Teutonic duo broke again to love in the 12th game to clinch the title.
Petzschner hit an unstoppable forehand passing shot at match point and both players rolled on the floor in a celebratory embrace before asking for the match balls as souvenirs.
“I said that if we win the tournament I will take the ball home with me and put it on my wall,” Petzschner added. “But he (Melzer) said “what about me?” so I said we will take two balls.”
Editing by Alison Wildey