MELBOURNE, Australia -- Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett won
their second Grand Slam doubles title, defeating Americans Bob
Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-4 Saturday at the Australian Open.
Black and Ullyett, who teamed to win the 2001 U.S. Open,
triumphed on their fifth match point under a closed roof on Rod
Laver Arena after rain during the day.
The fifth-seeded Zimbabweans thought they had won on their third
match point -- with Ullyett serving at 40-0 in the final game -- but
an overrule on a forehand service return from Mike Bryan that had
been called out halted their celebrations briefly.
Soon after, however, they had the title, throwing their rackets
to the court and embracing.
"I left the ball. It was called out. The umpire overruled it
and said it was good. But the mark was there, there was a slight
space there, I thought," Ullyett said.
Saturday's triumph was as sweet as the first Grand Slam win.
"They're both unreal," said Ullyett. "The first one was great
but this one, we've backed it up with another one, and it feels
really good to me."
Ullyett dedicated the win to his father Rob, who died of cancer
last October. "It's just a pity that he wasn't here to see us win
another one," he said.
Black's father Donald also died of cancer four years ago -- on
the same date.
"He used to get me out of bed from the age of 5," Ullyett said
of his father. "He always gave me a big push. I know Wayne's dad
was the same."
Black and Ullyett went into the match with a 5-3 head-to-head
advantage against the Bryans, but the American twins had won the
last two meetings -- in the quarterfinals at last year's French Open
and in the best-of-five-sets final at the season-ending Masters Cup
in Houston in November.
The Bryans, seeded second, were playing their fourth Grand Slam
doubles final and second at the Australian Open -- having lost in
Melbourne last year to French pair Fabrice Santoro and Michael
"It's tough to lose another final down here," said Mike Bryan.
"Today, they just played too well ... they got up on us early and
just ran away with it."
The Bryans were after their second major title together, having
won at the 2003 French Open.