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Melo/Soares Break Two Olympic Doubles Records

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Melo, Soares© AFP/Getty ImagesBrazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares won a record-breaking doubles match.

Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares defeated fifth seeds Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 1-6, 6-4, 24-22 on Wednesday at the London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event in four hours and 21 minutes on Court 16 at the All England Club, Wimbledon.

The second-round match broke two Olympic men’s doubles records. The match had resumed on Wednesday afternoon at 18-18 in the final set.

Melo said, “We knew that the match was going to be tough, but not like this and especially after yesterday when we stopped for bad light. It was a great atmosphere [and] a great match – especially because we won.”

It was the longest-ever three-set men’s doubles match in terms of number of games (63) in Olympic history. The third set (46 games), which lasted three hours and 11 minutes, was also the longest-ever men’s doubles set at an Olympic Games.

“The fans helped us a lot,” said Soares. “After a long set like that you start to get a bit tired and tight, but they were always there to keep us going and motivate us.

“I didn’t know about the record actually, because we have seen a couple of long ones at Wimbledon.”

Melo and Soares will next play second-seeded Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Indians Leander Paes and Vardhan Vishnu in the quarter-finals.

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