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Teaming up for the first time, Wesley Moodie and Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny hit the jackpot at the weekend, winning the men’s doubles final at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament at Queen’s Club, London.

The South African-Russian combination capped a strong first outing with a 6-4 4-6 10-6 victory over sixth-seeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa in the final of the tournament, one of the key warm-up events before Wimbledon.

Moodie and Youzhny broke serve in the ninth game and wrapped up the 30-minute first set with a service hold to 30. Melo and Sa hit back in the second set to level the match, breaking serve in the 10th game after Moodie and Youzhny had initially battled back from a 0-40 deficit.

In the deciding match tie-break, Moodie, a former Wimbledon champion, and Youzhny established an 8-5 lead before earning three championship points at 9-6. They wrapped up victory at the first opportunity as Sa volleyed wide after 75 minutes of play.

ÔÇ£It’s great as it was really a last minute thing to decide to play together,ÔÇØ said Youzhny. ÔÇ£I need to say thank you to Wesley as it was difficult for him after having been in the Roland Garros final. The match could have gone both ways today, it was very close until the end, we played some really good points and I really enjoyed it.

“If our schedules allow, of course we will try to play together again. It may be difficult in the coming weeks but if we can, why not?” added the Russian.

The 26-year-old Youzhny clinched his sixth ATP World Tour doubles title from his ninth final. It was the Muscovite’s first title since clinching two trophies with Mischa Zverev last year at Halle and Tokyo ÔÇô defeating Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes on both occasions.

Moodie, 30, and a member of the Opex 2012 provisional 2012 squad, was contesting his third successive tour-level final after reaching the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid final and going on to finish runner-up at the French Open at Roland Garros with Belgium’s Dick Norman last week. The world No 12 clinched his first ATP World Tour doubles title since winning in Estoril, Portugal last year with Jeff Coetzee.

ÔÇ£I am very happy, this was the first time we were playing together and it turned out to be a great week,ÔÇØ said Moodie. ÔÇ£I really enjoyed playing with Mikhail; he’s a great player who does everything extremely well, and I was especially impressed with how good he is at the net. I will for sure want to play with him again if he’s up to playing with me.”


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