After 700th doubles victory, Leander Paes sets eye on next milestone

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 29, 2015 13:36 IST

India's ace tennis player Leander Paes added yet another feather to his cap when he notched up his 700th career doubles victory.

Paes achieved the milestone after winning first round match with his 99th career partner Daniel Nestor at the French Open on Wednesday. Paes has become the eight player in ATP tour history to achieve the feat, joining the Bryon brothers, Todd Woodbridge and Mark Knowles among others.

After the match, Paes said that he'll try to get to 800 now.

"It's a special number. I normally look at these milestones as motivation to keep going, to keep pushing further and further. I'll try and get to 800 now."

The 10th seed pair of Paes and Nestor will take on Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle in the second round on Friday.

The former world number one in doubles, Paes has 15 Grand Slam titles, in both men's and mixed doubles, under his belt including three French Open doubles titles. The victories at Roland Garros came in 1999, 2001 and 2009. He also won the bronze medal in singles at Atlanta Olympics.

The 41-year old became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title when in 2013, he, partnering Radek Stepanek, clinched the US Open men's doubles title.

Paes also has the distinction of winning 88 singles matches and 40 doubles matches in Davis Cup, the most wins by an Indian.

And he isn't done yet. Paes started this year with by winning the Australian Open mixed doubles title with Martina Hingis.

Bob Bryon, who along with doubles partner and brother Mike Bryon, will also play his second round match on Friday, says Paes' feat proves that he is not slowing down.

"For him (Paes) to win 700 matches and to be the only player over 40 to win a Grand Slam in men's doubles, proves he isn't slowing down. He is playing as well now as at any time."

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