From the start of the match,Kubot and Lindstedt seemed like they were in the driver’s seat, and that’s exactly how it turned out. However, this winning duo almost wasn’t a duo at all. From the Associated Press,
The 36-year-old Linstedt said he was originally supposed to play with Jurgen Melzer, but scrambled to find a new partner last month when Melzer was injured.
“I’m quite happy that you said yes,” Lindstedt told Kubot in his acceptance speech.
Just because they were unable to come away with the title, Butorac and Klaasen had a great showing in this year’s Grand Slam in Melbourne.
Butorac and Klaasen — who had an upset win over top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan in the third round — increased their tempo in the second set to stay in touch, but couldn’t produce the vital break needed before their rivals served out the match. In the first round, they beat local favorite Pat Rafter, who came out of retirement at the age of 41 to play doubles with fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt.
“I never dreamed that I would actually play in (the Australian Open) and to be here playing in a Grand Slam final was an absolute dream come true,” Butorac said.
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