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Black, Ullyett win Oz Open doubles title

The Zimbabwean pair defeated American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Melbourne
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2005 03:10 PM IST

Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett overcame a controversial over-rule on match point to defeat American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-4 and claim the Australian Open men's doubles title on Saturday.

It was the second grand slam title for the Zimbabwe pair, who also won the 2001 US Open title in their only other appearance in a grand slam final.

Their win over the ITF world champions came as revenge for their defeat by the Bryans in last years French Open final.

For the Bryans, it was a second defeat in two years after they were beaten in the 2004 Australian Open final by Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro.

In four grand slam final appearances, their only title so far came at Roland Garros in 2003.

The outcome of the match resulted from just one break of serve in each set. Bob Bryan had to hold off three break points in the opening game, but dropped his next service game with a double-fault to give Black and Ullyett a 3-2 lead.

Although both Bryan brothers then held serve to love to begin the second set, Mike Bryan was broken when Ullyett struck a backhand volley at the net.

That gave Black and Ullyett a 3-2 lead, and although they failed to convert two match points on Mike Bryans serve at 5-3 Ullyett then served out for victory.

But the ending was tinged with controversy when French umpire Pascal Maria over-ruled that a return was in on the first match point, although television replays showed the ball was long.

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