He missed out on a third US Open men’s doubles title but Leander Paes was far from dejected as he insisted that he and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek gave all that they had in the final clash against Mike and Bob Bryan.
Fifth seeds Paes and Stepanek lost 6-3, 6-4 to the second-seeded Bryan brothers in the summit clash on Friday. Paes was equally complimentary of both his partner and his opponent.
“Even though we got beaten today by one of the greatest teams of all time, my team and Radek’s team came out and brought everything they had to this tournament,” Paes said. “I can guarantee you we will be giving it everything we have every single day for the rest of the year,” he added. Paes felt the Bryans produced a magical performance to clinch the title.
“These guys always bring magic to the court,” said 39-year-old. “But we put it on the line today and we will come back and keep doing it.” Paes has won two US Open men’s doubles title in 2006 (with Martin Damm) and 2009 (with Lukas Dlouhy), as well as a mixed doubles title in 2008 (with Cara Black).