LONDON -- Playing under a closed roof for the final 20 minutes because of darkness, Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon on Saturday by beating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 13-11.
The match lasted 4 hours, 40 minutes -- only 21 minutes shorter than the longest men's doubles final in history.
The roof over Centre Court, which was closed for the women's final earlier in the day, was open at the start of the men's doubles match. But at 8:40 p.m., the roof was closed again because of darkness.
"When we stopped, we know we have to be strong at this moment," Melo said. "I played the final here before. I know I have to manage this if you want to succeed and be a Grand Slam champion."
With the win, Melo will return to the No. 1 ranking in men's doubles.
The longest men's doubles final in Wimbledon history was in 1992, when John McEnroe and Michael Stich beat Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg 5-7, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17. That match lasted 5:01 and was also the final with the most games played at 83.