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1999 US Open

Third time the charm

Sebastien, O'Brien capture first Grand Slam title

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Posted: Friday September 10, 1999 08:05 PM

  Lareau (left) and O'Brien have won five doubles titles together, but had failed on their two previous attempts to win a Grand Slam title together. AP

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The 11th-seeded pairing of Canadian Sebastien Lareau and American Alex O'Brien won their first Grand Slam doubles title on Friday by upsetting the top-seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes of India.

Lareau and O'Brien, who have won five doubles titles together, had failed on their two previous attempts to win a Grand Slam title together in the 1996 and 1997 Australian Open finals.

The victory, which came after waiting out a long rain delay, prevented the top-ranked Indians from capturing their third consecutive Grand Slam trophy.

Bhupathi and Paes have reached the final of all four Grand Slams this year, winning at the French Open and Wimbledon. They have won 15 titles in 20 finals played together.

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