Tennis fraternity hails 'veteran' Paes for his superb show
The Indian tennis fraternity today lauded Leander Paes for winning a Grand Slam title at the age of 38 and describing him as a "born doubles player".sports Updated: Jan 28, 2012 20:39 IST
The Indian tennis fraternity on Saturday lauded Leander Paes for winning a Grand Slam title at the age of 38 and describing him as a "born doubles player".
Paes today completed his career Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open men's doubles title with first-time partner Radek Stepanek as they outplayed world's top pair of Mike and Bob Bryan.
Former Davis Cup skipper Jaideep Mukherjea said the way Paes and Stepanek played, it won't be surprise if they win another Slam in the 2012 season.
"It's fantatstic for Indian tennis. We are all excited. All credit goes to Paes for winning a Grand Slam at the age of 38. To win with a new partner is even more amazing," Mukherjea said.
Mukherjea said Paes and Stepanek took their game few notches above their opponents in the title round.
"Their service return was fantastic. Even in the tie-breaker, they were so dominating. If they play like this, they could win another Grand Slam together. Doubles is all about reflexes and they were very agile," he said.
India's current Davis Cup captain S P Misra said Paes is a superb deuce court player and that's why he is so succesful with advantage court specialists.
"He can disturb the rhythm of any player in the world. Such is his repertiore of shots. This is a remarkable achievement. He is born doubles player," Misra said.
First Published: Jan 28, 2012 20:36 IST