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  Saturday, 27 January, 2001, 09:26 GMT
Woody and Bjorkman win Aussie doubles
Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge
The dynamic duo were too hot for Black and Prinosil
T Woodbridge (Aus) and J Bjorkman (Swe) bt B Black (Zim) and D Prinosil (Ger) 6-1 5-7 6-4 6-4

Home favourite Todd Woodbridge and Swede Jonas Bjorkman have landed the Australian Open men's doubles title.

Fourth seeds Bjorkman and Woodbridge beat number 14 seeds Byron Black of Zimbabwe and David Prinosil of Germany 6-1 5-7 6-4 6-4 in just under three hours.

Australian Woodbridge was playing alongside new partner Bjorkman for the first time ever since the retirement of long-time partner Mark Woodforde after the Sydney Olympics.

"I hadn't thought of retiring with Mark because I'm still only 29 and I still feel like I have majors in me, like one today, and I feel I have some more, so that was the driving force of not going with Mark," said Woodbridge.

"Jonas is bringing me out of my shell a bit. He makes me dance on the court, occasionally I put my hat on backwards and I let my shirt out, all the stuff I didn't do before.

"He's a lot of fun and I enjoy playing with him because he gives 110% and that was one of the things that was important to me."

Bjorkman, himself, added a third Australian Open doubles title and was delighted that he had found a new partner with which he could achieve further successes.

"Unfortunately, Mark finally took the step to retire, but for me it's gets me to another point in my doubles career as well, that I get the feeling of winning the big ones more often and not only in Melbourne," said the Swede.

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