Paes, Stepanek win US doubles
Monday 9th September, 2013 on SPORT24
New York - India's Leander Paes and Czech Radek Stepanek won the US Open men's doubles on Sunday, their second major title as a pair and the Asian star's third in New York. Paes and Stepanek, the fourth seeds, defeated Alexander Peya of Austria and Brazil's Bruno Soares, the second seeds, 6-1, 6-3. The pair had also won the 2012 Australian Open title and ended Bob and Mike Bryan's hopes of completing a calendar year Grand Slam with victory in the semi-finals on Thursday.
“My best advice, if you want to succeed at doubles, is to find a partner from the Czech Republic,”
Paes, 40, had won the US Open title with Martin Damm in 2006 and Lukas Dlouhy in 2009 and now has eight men's doubles trophies at the majors as well as six mixed doubles crowns. "My best advice, if you want to succeed at doubles, is to find a partner from the Czech Republic," said Paes, who has now won titles in three different decades.
He also dedicated the win to his coach, Rick Leach, who has been shuttling between New York and California to care for his sick father. "I didn't know how long the recovery would take.
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