Soares Completes Dream 24 Hours In Melbourne
Bruno Soares wins two majors in a day
Fifth seeds Bruno Soares and Elena Vesnina captured the Australian Open mixed doubles crown on Sunday when they defeated Horia Tecau and Coco Vandeweghe 6-4 4-6 10-5 in the the 81-minute final.
It was Soares' second Grand Slam championship title in under 24 hours. Soares clinched the men's doubles title with Jamie Murray at 1 a.m. local time on Sunday morning and left Melbourne Park around 3:30 a.m.
The Brazilian is the first player to achieve the Australian Open 'double' since Mark Woodforde in 1992, when the Australian partnered Todd Woodbridge and Nicole Provis.
"It feels amazing," said Soares, who also won the 2012 and 2014 US Open mixed doubles titles. "Last night I finished really late. A lot of adrenaline going on. [It was] tough to sleep. But I knew I had another important day today. You don't get the chance to play many Grand Slam finals. I think you've got to make the most of it.
"To get the chance to play one and win one, it's already extremely special. But I got two in the same day."
Tecau and Vandeweghe broke Soares in the opening game. but Soares and Vesnina clinched the 32-minute opener by winning a deciding point on Tecau's serve. Tecau and Vandeweghe then raced into a 4-0 lead in the second set. They took a 3/0 lead in the Match tie-break, but Soares and Vesnina won the next six points.