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Aspelin-Knowle win doubles

September 08, 2007 16:35 IST

Swede Simon Aspelin and Austrian Julian Knowle won their first Grand Slam title on Friday by defeating Czechs Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner 7-5, 6-4 to win the US Open.

The 10th seeds broke once to win the first set and then snatched the crucial break in the seventh game of the second set before 33-year-old Aspelin served out for victory two games later.

"I felt a little nervous today but we handled it pretty well and it is so nice to win," said Aspelin, who is the fourth Swede to win a men's doubles title at the US Open.

"I have only been in a quarter-final before and the last few days we've been playing great."

Ninth seeds Dlouhy and Vizner had been looking to become the first all-Czech pair to win a Grand Slam title in the open era, having come close at the French Open this year when they lost in the final.

Knowle said he was happy that Aspelin had been the one to serve out for victory.

"It looked pretty good there at 40-15 and then Pavel came up with a great return," he said.

"Then they got back to deuce. It was very difficult but I am really happy that we could manage to win it."

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