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Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell are the first all-Australian team to win a men’s doubles title at Wimbledon in 22 years.

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London, Great Britain, July 10, 2022 | Leigh Rogers

Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell are the 2022 Wimbledon men’s doubles champions.

The Australian duo claimed their first major title with a 7-6(5) 6-7(3) 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) win over defending champions Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic in a final hotly contested at Center Court today.

Ebden and Purcell’s victory ends the 23-game winning streak of world No. 3 Pavic, who was playing with a broken right wrist following a fall in the semi-finals, and world No. 6 Mektic on grass. The second-seeded Croats had won the title in their last four grass-court tournaments.

Little separated the two sides in a thrilling four-hour, 11-minute battle, with each recording just one break of serve in the first four sets.

It wasn’t until the 10th game of the fourth set that world No. 31 Ebden and world No. 34 Purcell took a break, pounced on Mektic’s serve with an exceptional return to level the match at two sets apiece.

> READ: Ebden and Purcell – ‘We’re just trying to make Australia proud’

Pavic and Mektic regained control in the deciding set, breaking Purcell’s serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. But the Aussies fought back, smashing Mektic in game eight to equalise.

The twists continued in a tense fifth set, with the Australians bravely saving two break points in the ninth game.

Both teams held firm in the high-pressure closing stages, forcing a decisive game. From there, the Aussies dominated to clinch the title.

“Matt and I combine so well, we pick each other up there,” Purcell said. β€œSomething changed towards the end of the third set. We said to ourselves: let’s just play on center court and have fun. We did it and now we have the trophies.

Ebden and Purcell join esteemed company, becoming the 13th and 14th Australian players to win a men’s doubles title at Wimbledon in the Open era.

They are the sixth all-Australian team to achieve the feat – and the first since Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde won their sixth title together in 2000.

“Mark Woodforde was actually on the warm-up pitch with us this morning,” Ebden revealed. β€œTodd Woodbridge also talked to us, so we definitely channeled the Woodies. They are excellent mentors.

Wimbledon Men’s Doubles
Australian Champions – Open era
Player Year
John Newcombe 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974
Tony Rock 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974
Roy Emerson 1971
Rod Laver 1971
Ross case 1977
Masters Geoff 1977
Peter McNamara 1980, 1982
Paul McNamee 1980, 1982
John Fitzgerald 1989, 1991
Todd Woodbridge 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
Mark Woodford 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000
Stephen Hus 2005
Matthew Ebden 2022
Max Purcell 2022

Ebden and Purcell went 28 sets, played five matches in five sets, defeated four seeded teams and spent more than 20 hours on the court in their winning run.

They became just the second team in the Open era to win a Wimbledon title after recording multiple comebacks from two-set deficits to love, matching the efforts of fellow Australians John Newcombe and Tony Roche in 1974.

The No. 14 seed also saved three match points in their opening round and an incredible five in their semi-final win. This makes them the first Wimbledon champions in any event to save match points in multiple matches.

“I thought we were out of here in the first round,” Purcell said. β€œWe were down 0-40 in the fifth, three match points (in the first round) and we have just won Wimbledon. How good is it? Β»

It is the first Grand Slam title for Purcell, 24, and the second for Ebden, 34, adding to his mixed doubles win at the 2013 Australian Open alongside fellow Australian Jarmila Wolfe.

Ebden was also a runner-up in the 2022 Wimbledon mixed doubles competition with Sam Stosur.

> READ: Ebden and Stosur finish second in Wimbledon mixed doubles

Australians in action – Wimbledon

RESULTS
Men’s doubles, final
[14] Matthew Ebden (Australia)/Max Purcell (Australia) D [2] Nikola Mektic (CRO)/Mate Pavic (CRO) 7-6(5) 6-7(3) 4-6 6-4 7-6(2)

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