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Leander and his forty-tude

Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy won their first ATP title together beating the American pair of Scott Lipsky and David Martin in straight sets in the doubles final of the $576,000 Thailand Open on Sunday.

sports Updated: Sep 28, 2008 22:37 IST

Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy won their first ATP title together beating the American pair of Scott Lipsky and David Martin in straight sets in the doubles final of the $576,000 Thailand Open on Sunday. The top-seeded Indo-Czech pair defeated their unseeded opponents 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 16 minutes to emerge champions in the hard court event.

The winners played a solid service game and converted two of the four break points en route to their win. Paes, who now has 40 ATP doubles title in his cupboard, had earlier won the Thailand Open along with Australian partner Paul Hanley in 2005. Paes and Dlouhy had joined forces for the first time at Roland Garros in May and have since reached the finals of Halle and the US Open. They also reached semifinals of Wimbledon.

Paes praised his partner saying he was learning from him. "It's always special stepping on the court with Lukas because not only does he complement my style of playing but he's also teaching me things. "It's interesting that, after playing for so many years, to have a partner who's also teaching me a few things is really beautiful," Paes said after the win. "It is special and I think that one of the things I like to do is see my partner win a lot more. This is the challenge for me because I know if he's winning I'm winning too.

"I'm trying to step up Lukas, this is the fifth one that he's won, so now I'm trying to step up his wins because then mine will go up automatically," he added. Andy Roddick held off a fierce challenge from Israeli underdog Dudi Sela to win singles crown, his third ATP title of the year.

The big-serving Roddick, the second seed at the $524,000 tournament, overcame the 92-ranked Sela, playing in his first ATP final, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3.

India lose in junior Davis Cup semis

San Luis Potosi (Mexico): India's hopes of annexing their first junior Davis Cup title win went up in smoke after they were blanked 0-3 by the United States in the semifinals.

In the match between the number two players, Saurabh was beaten by Evan King, who pummelled the Indian 6-2, 6-0 to give the US a perfect start. Yuki then lost to Denis Kudla 4-6, 7-6(6), 4-6, which made the doubles match a dead rubber.

The Indian combine of Saurabh and V.S. Abhishek then went down fighting 3-6, 6-3, 4-6 against King and Raymond Sarmiento.

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