Four hours and 39 minutes. That’s how long the Wimbledon Men’s doubles final went on for on Saturday before Lucasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo endured to beat Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 13-11.
Time for celebrations as Kubot and Melo win the men's doubles
For the first time in this Wimbledon, the roofs had to be closed and floodlights were turned on at the Centre Court. Eventually it was the lights that came on when the game was evenly poised at 11-11 in the fifth set which turned to be the turning point of the epic battle as Kobot and Melo reacted better to the break and the new conditions.
It was that kind of a match which was so evenly poised that even the statistics couldn’t differentiate them. This was that kind of a match where you would put your money for a five-setter 20 minutes into the game. In the end, Kubot and Melo won just because somebody had to.
Fourth seeds Kubot and Melo entered the finals with the odds slightly stacked towards their favour. Since they formed early this year, they have been unbeatable winning five doubles titles this year.
Unbelievably, both the teams went through gruelling five-setters in the final with Marach and Pavic playing out an even longer five setter in the semifinal against Nikola Metkic and Franko Skugor which lended 17-15 in the fifth set.