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Mektic and Krejcikova win Australian Open mixed doubles to deny Murray history

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Croatia's Nikola Mektic (R) and Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova pose with the trophy after winning against Britain's Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US in their mixed doubles final match on day thirteen of the Australian Open tennis tour

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ByEurosport
01/02/2020 at 10:31 | Updated 01/02/2020 at 15:39

Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova beat Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 5-7 6-4 10-1 to win the Australian Open mixed doubles and deny Murray an eighth Grand Slam of his career.

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Should Murray have won the mixed doubles title then he would have surpassed Virginia Wade’s Open era record of seven slams for a British player.

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However, Krejcikova and Mektic proved too strong for the reigning US Open champions in the tiebreak, winning eight straight points on their way to a 5-7 6-4 (10-1) victory on Rod Laver Arena.

"The first time Beth's been lost for words," Murray said on court after the match.

Congrats to Nikola and Barbora – you we guys were awesome. We fought as hard as we can but came up short, so congrats on a Grand Slam title each.

"Congrats to all you staying around after a singles match. It was a good, fun atmosphere to play.

“Beth, thanks for being a great partner, we have had a lot of success but more importantly a lot of fun. We'll try and come back next year and get a win."

Czech Krejcikova successfully defended her title after winning the event with American Rajeev Ram last year, while Croatia's Mektic captured his maiden Grand Slam trophy.

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