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Tennis-Ebden and Purcell clinch Wimbledon men’s doubles title in four-hour epic

Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell prevented the Croatian duo of Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic from winning back-to-back men’s doubles titles at Wimbledon with a 7-6(5) 6-7(3) 4-6 6-4 7-6(10-2) victory in the final on Saturday.

It was a long and arduous journey to the final for the Australians, with five of their six matches going to five sets while they saved a total of eight match points along the way. It was also a first Grand Slam crown for the duo, who became the first all-Australian team in 22 years to win the men’s doubles at the All England Club since the famous Woodies — Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde — won their last title.

“Mark Woodforde was actually out on the warm-up court with us this morning,” said Ebden, who lost the mixed doubles final on Thursday. “Todd Woodbridge has been chatting with us as well, so we definitely channelled the Woodies. They are great…


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