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Lucasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo clinch Wimbledon men’s doubles final epic

• Closing roof lifts Pole and Brazilian to 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 13-11 win
• Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic lose out in scintillating five-setter

For more than four and a half hours they threw everything at each other. The Wimbledon men’s doubles final was not always pretty but it was never less than scintillating and utterly, to the end, unpickable who would endure. Eventually Lucasz Kubot of Poland and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo won the brutal, tag-team slugfest against Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic after an epic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 13-11 encounter.

This was not a match that swung like a pendulum or ebbed and flowed. There was barely a cigarette paper between the two pairs all afternoon, then early evening, then evening proper and finally so late that, for the first time this year, the roof on Centre Court had to be closed and the floodlights turned on. Kubot, Melo, Marach and Pavic – names that even wizened tennis fans would struggle to place – achieved what Andy Murray and Roger Federer could not at Wimbledon 2017.

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