LONDON -- Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee, the Australian Wimbledon champions, confirmed their position as the World's No.1 partnership Sunday by downing Americans Hank Pfister and Victor Amaya 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the World Doubles Championship.
The 26-year-old McNamee and his 25-year-old partner produced a brave and positive performance to defeat the American pair in a two-hour, 27 minute final worth $96,000 to the winners.
The Australians consistency was always evident, even when they were trailing two sets to one with the match seemingly going against them.
But the pair, which took the Wimbledon championship by storm last summer, then showed their best tennis, choosing to launch a full scale offensive on the Americans when most other teams would have settled for defense.
'At that stage we couldn't afford to be too much on the defensive,' McNamee said. 'They were really confident and playing well and although we felt we were up against it we decided we must go out and attack.'
Although the Australians had no specific plans to put the pressure on Pfister at this stage, McNamara and McNamee suddenly found him becoming the weaker player.
Pfister failed to hold his service in the fourth game of the fourth set and a 3-1 lead to the Wimbledon champions proved the turning point of the match.
When the Australians survived the fierce serving power of the 6-foot-7, 224-pound Amaya and broke him for the only time in the match to lead 3-2 in the final set, it was the beginning of the end for the Americans who had actually defeated McNamara and McNamee three days earlier in a group match.
Pfister, 27, dropped his serve to put his side 2-5 down and the last excitement came in the eighth game when the Australians, in their anxiety to finish it off, lost the first four match points.
But they made no mistake on the fifth opportunity. Amaya lunged at the ball but his drive sailed over the baseline and the Australians, popular favorites with the capacity 3,000 crowd, just watched it go by.
'We really feel we can call ourselves the world's number one pair now,' said McNamara afterwards. 'We know we are never going to get to the top as singles players so when we got together only a year ago we decided to work hard at the doubles game.
'Not only has it paid off but we think we are doing our bit towards restoring doubles as an integral part of the game of lawn tennis.'