Melbourne: Leander Paes and Cara Black on Sunday won the Australian Open mixed doubles, beating Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Jaroslav Levinsky of Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3.
The win gives them a second Grand Slam trophy to add to their 2008 US Open title.
“That’s what won it for us today...is that our individual play, our instincts are very well-matched together,” said 36-year-old Paes, a doubles veteran. He now has 41 doubles titles, which include six Grand Slam doubles titles and five Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, including the 2003 Australian Open with Martina Navratilova.
Going strong: Cara Black (left) and Leander Paes with the trophy. Rick Rycroft / AP
For Zimbabwean Black, the win completes a set of four. She now has one from each Grand Slam mixed doubles tournament: 2004 Wimbledon and 2002 Roland Garros, both of which she played with her brother Wayne Black.
“It’s the one that’s been eluding me,” said Black.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer won his fourth Australian Open and 16th Grand Slam title to deny Andy Murray’s quest for British tennis history on Sunday.
Federer’s remarkable level of consistency continued when he mastered the Scottish fifth seed in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13/11) in two hours and 41 minutes.
Federer clinched victory in a 24-point tie-breaker when Murray frittered five set points and the Swiss claimed it on his third match point.
“I’m over the moon winning this title again,” he said. “I played some of the best tennis in my life again over the last two weeks. It’s very special to win my first Grand Slam as a father.”
He praised Murray for putting up such a good fight.
“Andy, you played an incredible tournament. You are too good a player not to win a Grand Slam, so don’t worry about it.”
(‘AFP’ contributed to this story.)