Australian Open

Italian's clinch Oz Open doubles title

2015-01-31 15:13
Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini became the first Italian pair in 60 years to win a men's grand slam title. (AFP)

Cape Town - Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini became the first all Italian pair to win a grand slam men's doubles title in almost 60 years when they beat Frenchmen Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4 at the Australian Open on Saturday.

Nicola Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola were the last all-Italian pair to win a grand slam men's doubles title at Roland Garros in 1959.

There was controversy in the first game of the second when the ball touched Mahut's racquet three times in winning the point to take a 40-30 lead and while the Italians argued with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, he did not reverse his decision.

The Italians broke Mahut in the ninth game of the second set and Bolelli served out, sparking an exuberant celebration on Rod Laver Arena.

Collated results from day 13 of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Saturday:

Women's singles


Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Maria Sharapova (RUS x2) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)

Men's doubles


Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 6-4

Junior boys' singles


Roman Safiullin (RUS x1) bt Hong Seong-chan (KOR x7) 7-5, 7-6 (7/2)

Junior girls' singles


Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) bt Katie Swan (GBR x14) 6-1, 6-4


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