Second Grand Slam title for duo

Updated: January 29, 2005, 9:33 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett won their second Grand Slam doubles title, defeating Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-4 Saturday at the Australian Open.

Black and Ullyett, who teamed to win the 2001 U.S. Open, triumphed on their fifth match point under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena after rain during the day.

The fifth-seeded Zimbabweans thought they had won on their third match point -- with Ullyett serving at 40-0 in the final game -- but an overrule on a forehand service return from Mike Bryan that had been called out halted their celebrations briefly.

Soon after, however, they had the title, throwing their rackets to the court and embracing.

"I left the ball. It was called out. The umpire overruled it and said it was good. But the mark was there, there was a slight space there, I thought," Ullyett said.

Saturday's triumph was as sweet as the first Grand Slam win.

"They're both unreal," said Ullyett. "The first one was great but this one, we've backed it up with another one, and it feels really good to me."

Ullyett dedicated the win to his father Rob, who died of cancer last October. "It's just a pity that he wasn't here to see us win another one," he said.

Black's father Donald also died of cancer four years ago -- on the same date.

"He used to get me out of bed from the age of 5," Ullyett said of his father. "He always gave me a big push. I know Wayne's dad was the same."

Black and Ullyett went into the match with a 5-3 head-to-head advantage against the Bryans, but the American twins had won the last two meetings -- in the quarterfinals at last year's French Open and in the best-of-five-sets final at the season-ending Masters Cup in Houston in November.

The Bryans, seeded second, were playing their fourth Grand Slam doubles final and second at the Australian Open -- having lost in Melbourne last year to French pair Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra.

"It's tough to lose another final down here," said Mike Bryan. "Today, they just played too well ... they got up on us early and just ran away with it."

The Bryans were after their second major title together, having won at the 2003 French Open.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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