Bryans shocked in final

Paes completes career Grand Slam of doubles titles with victory

Last Updated: 29/01/12 3:24pm

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Stepanek and Paes: Celebrate their victory

Stepanek and Paes: Celebrate their victory

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Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek prevented Bob and Mike Bryan from becoming the most successful men's doubles team in Grand Slam history as they won the Australian Open final in straight sets.

The American duo were bidding for a record-breaking 12th Grand Slam title but defeat means they are still level with Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde's total of 11.

Unseeded Paes and Stepanek headed into the clash as big underdogs against the top seeds but stormed to a shock 7-6 (7/1) 6-2 victory on Rod Laver Arena.

The triumph means Paes has now completed a career Grand Slam of doubles titles having never previously won the Australian Open - although this is his first with Stepanek.

This was just their fourth Tour-level event together and only Stepanek's second Grand Slam final - his best prior performance being US Open runner-up alongside Jiri Novak in 2002.

On this occasion the Czech tasted glory alongside his Indian partner - but it looked like being a much closer affair during a tight opening set.

After clinching it 7-1 on a tiebreak, Paes and Stepanek then found another gear in the second as they crucially broke the Bryan serve twice to wrap up the win.

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