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Klaasen, Butorac lose doubles final

Tennis

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.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Raven Klaasen of South Africa looks to return in his Men's Doubles Final with Eric Butorac of the United States against Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden during day 13 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

“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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