Third seeds Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy defeated fourth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi 6-2, 7-5 to clinch the Sony Ericsson Open doubles tennis, their first title this season.
India's Bhupathi with Belarusian Max Mirnyi set up a title clash with compatriot and long time ex-partner Paes and Czech Dlouhy Friday with a straight sets defeat of Poland's Mariusz Frystenberg and Marcin Matkowski.
Paes and Dlouhy sprinted to an early 2-0 lead and never gave their opponents a chance to fightback in the first set. The Indo-Czech pair was quick to go up a break in the second set but were broken back for 3-3.
But Paes and Dlouhy, broke again at 5-5 before serving out the match here Saturday.
“What’s great actually about doing well this week is there’s no pressure now for the rest of the clay court season. We've got to a final in Brisbane and got to quarters at the Australian Open. Now there's no pressure. Now we’re just playing for cream on the top,” Paes said.