Leander Paes is confident of winning the US Open doubles title but says even if he loses the summit clash to estranged partner Mahesh Bhupathi, he would at least have the consolation that the crown will belong to an Indian.
"We have learnt from our loss in last year's final and are that much stronger as a team this time around. We've worked hard to get this far and are confident of climbing to the top," Paes said ahead of the final in which he and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy will clash with his Davis Cup teammate Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles late on Friday night.
"At least the good news for all the Indian fans is that at least one Indian will win the US Open this year," Leander added.
Last year Leander and Lukas had ended runners-up here after losing the closely fought final to Mike and Bob Byran.
Leander on Thursday night lost the mixed doubles final along with Cara Black to American wild cards Carly Gullickson and Travis Parrott.
They were not into their elements and hardly troubled their opponents, who went on to grab their first Grand Slam title.
"It was very disappointing not to have defended our crown but we were completely outplayed. They completely deserved their First Slam," Leander said about the match.