London: India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina of Russia advanced to the mixed doubles final of the Wimbledon after pipping Australian Paul Hanley and Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2 3-6 7-5 in a gruelling three-setter that lasted close to two hours.The Indo-Russian duo committed too many unforced errors in the first set but they also saved two of the five break points before winning it 6-2.He has been a runner-up in singles eight times in his career, and has reached 14 other doubles finals to go with his 12 doubles titles.His doubles titles have come with five different partners, including five with Petzschner and four with Julian Knowle. Melzer (Austrian, born in 1981) is world number 36 and Benesova (Czech, born in 1983) is currently ranked 67 in the world. Actually, at the time the Austrian/Czech mixed doubles team enjoyed the exhilarating moments of lifting the Wimbledon trophy, Melzer was officially still in a relationship with Austrian swimmer Mirna Jukic, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Melzer and Benesova started dating probably somewhere after their mixed doubles run to the Wimbledon 2011 title, while the information became official somewhere in November 2011.
“It was tough being measured by a player who was No. They made me feel like being a top 30 player was not enough for them.
That success – and his longevity and consistency on the tour – speaks for itself.
“Obviously it all started for me winning Wimbledon juniors in 1999,” Melzer said.
Muster never won there, failing in three trips to the final, and only one other Austrian player, Horst Skoff in 1988, had won it.
But Melzer says that’s when the expectations became the greatest.