Stolle, Suk capture men's doubles crown
Posted: Friday September 11, 1998 04:38 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Sandon Stolle and Cyril Suk saved two match points in the second set tiebreaker and went on to beat Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 to win the U.S. Open men's doubles championship on Friday.
The 15th-seeded team of Stolle and Suk were down 5-6 and 7-8 in the tiebreaker against the sixth seeds. Knowles missed a reflex backhand volley on the first match point and Stolle fired an ace to save the second.
"Today we just hung in there. We just got a bit lucky today," said Stolle
Two points after Stolle's ace, Knowles double faulted to lose the tiebreaker 10-8 and send the match into a final set at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Stolle and Suk raced away with the last set in 33 minutes, breaking Knowles and Nestor once each.
"These guys played well when they had to," said Nestor.
"They really came through in the final set."
Stolle, 28, is the son of three-time U.S. Open doubles champion Fred Stolle, making the Australian family the first to have a father and son win the U.S. title.
"It's just a dream come true for me," said Stolle.
Suk, 31, also has family ties to a former Grand Slam doubles champion. Older sister Helena Sukova, who has recently retired, won nine major women's doubles crowns. The Czech brother and sister also teamed up to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles together.
The winning team split $320,000.
Knowles of the Bahamas and Nestor of Canada were also finalists at this year's French Open. They shared $160,000.
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