Klaasen, Butorac lose doubles final

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Klaasen_final Getty Images Raven Klaasen of South Africa in action during the Australian Open doubles final. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Johannesburg – South Africa's Raven Klaasen and his American partner Eric Butorac finished as runners-up at the Australian Open after they were outclassed by Poland's Lukasz Kubot and Sweden's Robert Lindstedt in their men's doubles final on Saturday.

Kubot and Lindstedt posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Klaasen and Butorac, securing their first Grand Slam as a team.

“Congratulations to Lucas and Robert they played an outstanding match today, well done guys,” Klaasen said after the match.

“My partner Eric, that was a fun ride, obvioulsy a start of a lot more to come.

“I'm not gonna take to much time, I want to thank those guys up there, my family. I wanna thank our box up there who's been in our corner all week, they've done a great job in keeping us alive, keeping us motivated.

“I want to thank the country back home, there's been so much support from South Africa, thanks to everyone back there, friends, family, media you guys have been awesome, thanks a lot guys.” – Sapa



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