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Coffee-fuelled Soares doubles up at Australian Open

Published 01/31/2016, 8:51 AM EST

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Brazil’s Bruno Soares, fuelled by numerous cups of coffee, produced a doubles double on Sunday when he and Russian partner Elena Vesnina won the Australian Open mixed doubles title on Rod Laver Arena.

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Soares, who won the men’s doubles title with Britain’s Jamie Murray that finished early on Sunday, clinched his second title in a little over 16 hours when he and Vesnina beat American Coco Vandeweghe and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau 6-4 4-6 10-5.

The Brazilian said after they clinched the trophy in the super tie-break that he had not slept well after he finished his official duties at 0400 local time (1700 GMT) and had sent Vesnina a text message at 0430 saying he was ‘ready to go’.


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“Been living on coffee ever since. So I had 22 coffees already today. But now it’s all worth it,” Soares told reporters.

“It feels amazing. It was long days, tough days. Last night I finished really late. It’s tough. A lot of adrenaline going on. Tough to sleep.

“But I knew I had another important day. You don’t get the chance to play many grand slam finals. I think you got to make the most of it.

“To get the chance to play one and win one, it’s already extremely special. I mean, I got two in the same day, so… it’s special.”

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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