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Purcell and Ebden – Their Wimbledon 2022 Fairytale

If you tuned in to watch the men’s doubles final yesterday, you will have witnessed an absolute classic. In yet another five-set thriller, the Aussie duo of Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden scored their first Grand Slam title together. They managed to overcome a seemingly impossible scoreline once again to beat the second seeds, Mektic and Pavic. Amazingly, this isn’t the first, second, or even the second time in the tournament where the Aussies have overturned such a scenario.

Wimbledon men's doubles champions

In fact, of the six matches these guys won to secure the Wimbledon title, five of them went the distance. This really is an incredible story and a sensational achievement from these guys. And personally, I don’t think that the pair have received quite the recognition they deserve following this victory. For that reason, I wanted to share the full scope of this story right here to show tennis fans just how unreal this tournament has been for the Aussies.

Ebden and Purcell – Wimbledon 2022 Champions

These guys first made a big name for themselves after making the final of the 2022 Australian Open. Ultimately, the pair lost to Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, but they showed that they could play some incredible doubles together. Fast forward to the third slam of the year and this dynamic duo has officially become Grand Slam champions. The story of this victory is somewhat of a fairytale too, which is why I’ve shared the details right here:

First Round Houdini Act

In the very first round of the tournament, Purcell and Ebden took on Mclachlan and Goransson. The Aussies lost the first two sets and things were looking bleak. However, they rallied to win the third set and fourth sets before finding themselves in huge trouble once again in the fifth set. Amazingly, Purcell and Ebden saved three match points at 4-5 down in the fifth set, from a score of 0-40 in the game too I might add! They then went 6-3 down in the fifth set breaker before grabbing the win, 10-8. 

Semi-Final – Five Match Points Saved

If you thought the first-round comeback was sensational, wait until you hear about this one! In the semis, the pair played against the number one seeds in the form of Ram and Salisbury. Once again, the Aussies found themselves down by two sets to love in this match. And in the third set tie-break, the pair saved five match points before ultimately winning the breaker, 11-9. It would seem that this feat got inside the heads of the top seeds too, and the Aussies flourished after taking that set. They managed to win yet again in five sets, taking the match 6-2 in the fifth.

Final – Victory Snatched From the Jaws of Defeat

Surely the boys couldn’t go five sets again in the final, right? Wrong. Sticking with their preference (or so it seems) of going five, just to keep things interesting, they went five sets with Mektic and Pavic in yesterday’s clash. In fact, they managed to go a break down in the fifth before immediately breaking back to keep their Wimbledon dream alive. As for the fifth set breaker, the Aussie pair was essentially flawless, taking the tie-break by a score of 10-2. This is especially true for Max Purcell, who completely dominated the top seeds during the tie-break. 

For me, this is pretty much the best story of the championships this year. And all I can say is well done to the boys from down under. 

About the author

Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.

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