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Clement-Llodra upset Bryans for doubles crown
July 08, 2007 22:53 IST
Last Updated: July 08, 2007 23:11 IST
French pair Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra upset champions Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States to become gleeful Wimbledon men's doubles champions on Sunday.
The 10th seeds' 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory in their maiden Grand Slam final means they are the first all-French team to win at Wimbledon in 74 years and their delight was evident on Court One.
Second seeds Cara Black of Zimbabwe and South Africa's Liezel Huber beat fourth seeds Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Ai Sugiyama of Japan [Images] 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the women's doubles.
After throwing rackets and t-shirts into the crowd following their surprise victory, Clement had to borrow a shirt from his brother Bruno to ensure he did not accept his trophy bare chested.
"Seriously, I have to play a tournament next week in Newport. I have no more rackets now," his partner Llodra joked afterwards.
The top-seeded Bryan twins had been chasing a fifth Grand Slam title in their 13th final and, having not dropped a set all tournament, they remained on course winning the first set on a tie-break.
But Clement and Llodra, who were a match point away from being eliminated in the second round, made decisive breaks in the next three sets to cue their celebrations.
Twice an Australian Open doubles champion, Llodra claimed his third Grand Slam success while Clement, a former Australian Open singles runner-up, took home his first Grand Slam title.