Australian Paul Hanley has collected his third Medibank International Sydney men’s doubles title with a third different partner, teaming with Czech Lukas Dlouhy to collect the 2011 championship.
Hanley, who won in 2003 with compatriot Nathan Healy and in 2007 with Zimbabwean Kevin Ullyett, joined forces with Dlouhy at the start of this season. The combination is now a perfect 8-0 thus far, having also won the Brisbane International last week.
In Saturday’s final, against the world No.1-ranked team of Bob and Mike Bryan, Dlouhy/Hanley surrendered a first-set service break and ultimately lost a close tie-break, 8-6 after 42 minutes.
As was the case in the first set Dlouhy/Hanley took an early service break in the second but this time they held onto it, taking the set 6-3 and powering through the subsequent match tie-break for a 6-7(6) 6-3 10-5 victory after 78 minutes.
“It’s amazing,” said Hanley. “[It was] something I think obviously we were hoping to do. But this is a little bit of a shock, to be honest. We’re playing really well – hopefully we can continue down in Melbourne.
“I’m from Brisbane, so to win in Brisbane and now to back‑to‑back in Sydney, everyone loves winning their home title.”
The Bryan twins were looking to improve on their record of 67 ATP doubles titles as a team; in eight attempts here they’ve won once, in 2009.