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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Tennis

Paes, Stepanek win US Open men's doubles title
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New York, September 08, 2013
First Published: 23:46 IST(8/9/2013)
Last Updated: 08:04 IST(9/9/2013)
Leander Paes of India lifts playing partner Radek Stepanek after their victory in the US Open doubles final match. (Reuters Photo)

Leander Paes made history becoming the oldest man, at 40, to win a Grand Slam event in the open era, partnering Radek Stepanek to win the US men's doubles title on Sunday.

They beat Number 2 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares easily in straight sets to win 6-1, 6-3, in New York. They never looked in the fight for the title at all.

The last over-40 player to win a major title was the legendary Martina Navratilova, who was 46 when she won the Australian and Wimbledon mixed doubles with Paes in 2003.

This was Paes's third US Open title -- his previous two were with Martin Damm in 2006 and Lukas Dlouhy in 2009.

When asked about his secret, Paes said at the post match interview, chose a great partner. "Find someone from the Czech Republic," he said, pointing to Stepanek.

Stepanek, who has had heath problems -- surgeries, pointed to Paes as his secret. "Lee was aways in my corner, waiting for me," he said, getting an indulgent fist bump from his partner.

The pair had surprised everyone beating the top seeded Bryan brothers -- Bob and Mike in the semi final.

Paes and Stepanek had come back after losing the first set. He said at a post-match news conference: "We're very hungry. Especially with the year we have had we're even more hungry.

"You leave that door a little ajar, I will find my foot through it. Once I get my foot through it, I got (sic) my body through it. Once I get my body through it, I get him through it. Once he gets his body through it, we both have our minds through it."


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