MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian pair of Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler defeated Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski 6-4, 7-6 (4) to win the men's doubles title at the Australian Open on Saturday.
It was the first Grand Slam title for both Hijikata and Kubler — the third Australian team to win a men's doubles title in the last five Grand Slams.
The Australians entered the tournament playing for the first time as a team.
"Rinky and I definitely didn't think this was happening two weeks ago," Kubler said. "A bit of a pleasant surprise I should say."
Kubler, who has battled knee injuries, said Hijikata approached him about playing together.