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Lindstedt/Kubot Claim Melbourne Doubles Crown

Melbourne, Australia

Kubot, Lindstedt© Getty ImagesLukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt won their first Grand Slam title.

Robert Lindstedt and Lukasz Kubot cemented a winning partnership on Saturday at the Australian Open as they triumphed in the doubles final, defeating Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 6-3, 6-3.

"I think everybody could see after the match what it means to me," said Lindstedt. "I cried like a schoolboy. It means the world to me. I even messed up the speech and everything. 

"Hopefully we can build on this. Lukasz is one of the absolute best players that I ever played with. I played with a lot of greats, but there are few guys that it has worked so well with for me as a team as with Lukasz.

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The Swedish/Polish duo were playing just their third tournament together and had never won a match before their victorious Australian Open campaign. As individuals, they both won their first major doubles titles, a significant milestone for Lindstedt after suffering heartache in three successive Wimbledon finals alongside Horia Tecau from 2010-12.

"I've been working so hard, so hard, for this," said Lindstedt. "Fighting injuries and working with the right people back home, trying to find ways to make this happen. I'm in the gym more than I am on the tennis court. So it's a childhood dream come true, and I'm probably not going to believe it until I finish my career. But it means absolutely everything to me."

Lindstedt and Kubot Discuss Their Victory

In their sixth tournament together, Butorac and Klaasen had gone on a giant-killing run to the final, which began with a first-round victory over wild cards Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter. They had gone on to knock out World No. 1 pairing and defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan and in the semi-finals they upset Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic.

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Their run came to an end against the 14th-seeded Lindstedt and Kubot, though. The Swedish/Polish pair hit 33 winners to just four unforced errors and lost only seven points on serve in a dominant display. They claimed victory in 65 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

The 31-year-old Kubot was contesting his first major final and became the first Polish man to win a Grand Slam doubles title since Wojtek Fibak partnered Aussie Kim Warwick to victory at the 1978 Australian Open. The right-hander, who reached the Wimbledon singles quarter-finals last year, collected his ninth tour-level doubles title.

Lindstedt and Kubot Discuss Their Victory

"It's an unbelievable moment. I don't know what to say. I have no words," said Kubot. "I was really focused today. Maybe I played the best match of my life in doubles. "I didn't miss many balls; I didn't miss many returns. I knew this is the fourth final for Robert. This was my first. To be honest, it is always tough to make first time. 

"But I'm actually more happy for Robert to win this title than for myself, because I know he's one of the hardest workers on tour. I'm happy that in the end everything paid off right here with me in Australia."

The 36-year-old Lindstedt is the first Swedish player to win a Grand Slam doubles title since Simon Aspelin claimed the 2007 US Open crown with Austria’s Julian Knowle. After winning his 18th tour-level doubles title, the former World No. 3 is projected to return to the Top 10 at No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings.

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