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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 22:18 GMT 23:18 UK
Brazilians win doubles marathon
Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa by the final scoreboard
Melo and Sa pose by the scoreboard after the match
Brazilian duo Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa broke all sorts of records as they beat Paul Hanley and Kevin Ulyett in a marathon men's doubles match.

Melo and Sa finally won 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 28-26 - completing the longest final set in Wimbledon history.

The 102 games was the highest total in any Wimbledon doubles match, beating the previous record of 98.

The total playing time of five hours, 58 minutes made it the second longest match played in the Championships.

The second round contest, which started on Saturday, was just 11 minutes shorter than Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor's 5-7, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 23-21 victory over Simon Aspelin and Todd Perry last year.

Sa said: "Physically, we're not so bad, but mentally we're completely exhausted. It's tough to play a match for five days and, every time in the fifth set, we were having to serve to stay in the match."

The previous highest number of games in a fifth set was the 46 played by Heinz Guenthardt and Balazs Taroczy when they beat Paul Annacone and Christo van Rensburg 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 24-22 in 1985.

Melo and Sa were also in the news after their stormy first round victory over French duo Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut.

There was a clash as the players went to sit down at a changeover and then more bad feeling when the quartet met at the net at the end of the match.


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