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SA’s Klaasen goes down in five-set final

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Winning the final proved a bridge too far as South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and New Zealand partner Michael Venus fell short in the final of the Wimbledon men’s doubles on Saturday.

Klaasen and Venus lost an enthralling five-setter, 3-6 7-6 (9/7) 3-6 7-5 5-7 to the all-American duo of Jack Sock and Mike Bryan.

Venus was the first New Zealander to reach a Wimbledon final of any kind since Chris Lewis played in the men’s singles final in 1983.

Klaasen was attempting to become the first South African player to win a Grand Slam men’s doubles title since Durban player Wesley Moodie won in 2005 alongside Australian Stephen Huss.

It was Klaasen’s first ever Grand Slam doubles final and victory would have laid the foundation for a possible perfect weekend from a South African perspective.
For Bryan, it was his record-tying 17th Grand Slam men’s doubles title, and first without his brother Bob.

At 40 years and 76 days, Bryan is the oldest man in the Open era to win the Wimbledon doubles title.

He won his first 16 major championships, including three at the All England Club, with his twin, who is currently sidelined with a hip injury.

Australia’s John Newcombe is the only other man in tennis history with 17 Grand Slam doubles trophies.

The victory was Sock’s second Wimbledon title. He teamed with Canada’s Vasek Pospisil to defeat, ironically, the Bryans in the 2014 final.

Photo: Klaasen in doubles final action, by AELTC/Joel Marklund


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