London, Great Britain, 10 July 2022 | Leigh Rogers

Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell are the Wimbledon 2022 gentlemen’s doubles champions.

The Aussie duo captured their maiden major title together with a 7-6(5) 6-7(3) 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) victory against defending champions Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic in a fiercely contested final at Centre Court today.

Ebden and Purcell’s victory snaps the 23-match winning streak of world No.3 Pavic, who was playing with a fractured right wrist following a semifinal fall, and world No.6 Mektic on grass. The second-seeded Croatians had claimed the title at their past four grass-court events.

Little separated the two teams in an enthralling four-hour and 11-minute battle, with each recording only a single break of serve across the first four sets.

It took until the 10th game of the fourth set for world No.31 Ebden and world No.34 Purcell to snare a break, pouncing on Mektic’s serve with exceptional returning to level the match at two-sets apiece.

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Pavic and Mektic regained control in the deciding set, breaking Purcell’s serve in the fifth game to edge ahead 3-2. But the Aussies fought back, breaking Mektic in the eighth game to level.

The twists and turns continued in a tense fifth set, with the Aussies bravely saving two break points in the ninth game.

Both teams held firm in the high-pressure final stages, forcing a match tiebreak. From there, the Australians dominated to clinch the title.

“Matt and I just combine so well, we are picking each other up out there,” Purcell said. “Something kind of changed towards the end of the third set. We thought ‘let’s just play on Centre Court and enjoy ourselves’. We did that and now we have got the trophies.”

Ebden and Purcell join esteemed company, becoming the 13th and 14th Australian players to win a Wimbledon gentlemen’s doubles title in the Open era.

They are the sixth all-Australian team to achieve the feat – and the first since Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde claimed their sixth title together in 2000.

“Mark Woodforde was actually out on the warm-up court with us this morning,” revealed Ebden. “Todd Woodbridge has been chatting with us as well, so we definitely channelled the Woodies. They are great mentors.”

Wimbledon gentlemen’s doubles
Australian champions – Open era
Player Year
John Newcombe 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974
Tony Roche 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974
Roy Emerson 1971
Rod Laver 1971
Ross Case 1977
Geoff Masters 1977
Peter McNamara 1980, 1982
Paul McNamee 1980, 1982
John Fitzgerald 1989, 1991
Todd Woodbridge 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
Mark Woodforde 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000
Stephen Huss 2005
Matthew Ebden 2022
Max Purcell 2022

Ebden and Purcell contested 28 sets, played five five-set matches, defeated four seeded teams and spent more than 20 hours on court during their title-winning run.

They become only the second team in the Open era to win a Wimbledon title after recording multiple comebacks from two-sets-to-love deficits, matching the efforts of fellow Australians John Newcombe and Tony Roche in 1974.

The No.14 seeds also saved three match points in their opening round and an incredible five in their semifinal victory. This makes them the first Wimbledon champions in any event to save match points in multiple matches.

“I thought we were out of here in the first round,” Purcell said. “We were 0-40 down in the fifth, three match points (in the first round) and we’ve just won Wimbledon. How good is that?”

This is 24-year-old Purcell’s first Grand Slam title and 34-year-old Ebden’s second, adding to his Australian Open 2013 mixed doubles victory alongside fellow Australian Jarmila Wolfe.

Ebden was also a finalist in the Wimbledon 2022 mixed doubles competition with Sam Stosur.

> READ: Ebden and Stosur finish runners-up in Wimbledon mixed doubles

Aussies in action – Wimbledon

RESULTS
Gentlemen’s doubles, final
[14] Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) d [2] Nikola Mektic (CRO)/Mate Pavic (CRO) 7-6(5) 6-7(3) 4-6 6-4 7-6(2)

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