Doubles title success in Auckland for Colin Fleming

Australian Open

  • Date: January 14-27
  • Venue: Melbourne Park

Coverage: BBC Sport website (daily live text commentaries), Radio 5 live (commentaries) & TV/online streaming (both finals)

Scotland's Colin Fleming won the Heineken Open doubles with Brazil's Bruno Soares in Auckland.

Fleming's regular partner Ross Hutchins is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in London but aims to be playing again later this year.

In Hutchins's absence, Fleming and Soares beat Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-2) to win the New Zealand final.

Fleming will now partner fellow Scot Jamie Murray in the Australian Open.

Fleming and Soares, who were number one seeds on their team debut, overcame early break deficits in each set and had two match points at 5-4 in the second on Brunstrom's serve, before the Swede and his Danish partner took the game into another tie breaker.

However, Fleming and Soares dominated just like they did in the first tie breaker to take the title.