Updated 03:35 AM EDT, Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Brazilian Tennis Bruno Soares Bags Two Australian Titles in One Day

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Brazilian tennis player and doubles specialist Bruno Soares walked out of the 2016 Australian Open with two championship trophies, making him the first from his country to do so.

During the tournament's finale on Sunday at Rod Laver Arena, Soares bagged the men's doubles championship with Scotsman Jamie Murray and the mixed doubles championship with Russian Elena Vesnina, per Fox News.

The 33-year old Belo Horizonte native was aware of his rare feat and admitted that he is overwhelmed by what he had accomplished.

"It's the first time a Brazilian guy competes in two Grand Slam finals in the same event," said Suares. "They were talking a lot about that. And winning both makes it even more special."

Some tennis pundits were quick to compare the achievement to Gustavo Kuerten's three French Open singles titles. To that Soares defended, "He's such a hero for us. He's so above the sport and everything else. But for me it's a massive achievement. It doesn't get much better than that. I came here to play two events and I won both."

Soares and Murray won the men's doubles champion by outlasting Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek to the tune of 2-6, 6-4 and 7-5. It was Murray's first men's doubles Grand Slam title, as he and former partner John Peers had lost at the Wimbledon and the US Open finals in 2015, BBC reported.

"You dream about this moment since when you start playing tennis and I don't know what to say, a smiling Soares told media members after the win. "Jamie, my partner, it's only one month [since we teamed up], but I think we can retire now."

Roughly 16 hours after the momentous men's doubles victory, Soares, the world's number three in doubles for men, was on the court again. This time it was with Elena Vesnina, the world's number three in doubles for women.

The Brazilian-Russian tandem was pitted against American Coco Vandeweghe and Hora Tecau of Romania. Prior to the mixed doubles championship match, Soares revealed that he had to appear in numerous media sessions following the men's doubles championship, per Sky Sports

The lack of rest didn't seem to be much of an issue for Soares, as he and Vesnina clawed back up from traling 3-0 to winning 6-4, 4-6 and 10-5.

"I went to bed at 5, set my alarm for 11, woke up at 8:30... been living on coffee ever since," said the Brazilian. "So I had 22 coffees already."

Soares concluded by saying he hopes his recent achievement will ignite Brazil's passion for the sport of tennis.

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