Leander Paes records win with 101st doubles partner Andy Murray

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2015 14:44 IST

India's Leander Paes had a successful first match with 101st doubles partner Andy Murray, beating Jeremy Chardy of France and South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Monday.

Andy and Paes faced just one break point, while their opponents faced nine, in the 61-minute match.

The win also set up a first ATP World Tour-level contest for the Scot against his older brother Jamie.

After suffering an upset loss to Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili in his opener at the Citi Open hard-court tournament in Washington, DC last week, Andy teamed up with the recently-crowned Wimbledon mixed doubles champion in a bid to get more matches under his belt in preparation for the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the season.

Paes recorded the milestone of 100 doubles partners in June this year, when he played the Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Nottingham with Spain's Marcel Granollers.

Jamie and Australian partner John Peers, having recently been crowned runners-up at Wimbledon and champions at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg, Germany, advanced to the second round after receiving a walkover in the first round, courtesy of their top eight seeding.

Andy and Jamie recently shared the court as teammates, winning the doubles rubber to help Great Britain to a win against France in the Davis Cup quarter-final tie at London's Queen's Club last month.

"I’ve never played my brother since we became professionals," Andy said in an interview to the ATP. “We obviously played a lot against each other in juniors, in a lot of local competitions or competitions around Great Britain, but yeah we haven’t played each other for a very long time.

"So it’ll be nice in some ways to do that but also it’s not easy. Serena and Venus [Williams] have obviously done it playing for Grand Slams and stuff and I can’t imagine how difficult that is."

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