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Woody one title away from history

27/10/2003 06:10:55 AM Comments (0)

Todd Woodbridge broke through with a third title at the Stockholm Open to tie the all-time mark of 78 doubles crowns held by Dutchman Tom Okker.

The 32-year-old Australian, winner of 11 Grand Slam doubles titles with retired partner Mark Woodforde and four with Swede Jonas Bjorkman, now has his sights set on becoming the best ever.

Woodbridge and Bjorkman claimed their fourth title of the season after Halle, Wimbledon and the US Open by defeating Australians Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley, 6-3 6-4.

Arthurs and Woodbridge play Davis Cup doubles for Australia and are sure to combine from November 28-30 in Melbourne in the final on grass against Spain.

"It feel really great to win this one - now I want to pass it," said an enthusiastic Woodbridge, who moves on with Bjorkman for an assault on the Masters Series at Paris Bercy from Monday.

"I'm happy that I got the (record) out of the way quickly, I got the job done quickly, I didn't wait around to two, three or four tournaments."

Woodbridge sees no reason why he can't keep his streak alive.

"I feel like the floodgates might open, we can win a lot more now."

The Australian said his achievement should be judged on its merits, refusing to play the "what-if" game.

"I hate to compare, you can only be the greatest player in your own era, you can only beat the guys who walk onto the court against you," he said.

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