Paris: A second successive French Open
doubles title eluded Leander Paes as the Indian ace and his
Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy lost the final to Daniel Nestor and
Nenad Zimonjic in straight set on Saturday.
In line for a second successive title, the defending
champions ran out of steam and lost 5-7, 2-6 to their second
seeded opponents Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of
Serbia in a 65-minute contest at Roland Garros here.
The third seeded Indo-Czech duo failed to convert the two
breakpoints that came their way in comparison to their rivals
who converted three of the four breakpoints that they earned.
"It has been a great two weeks and I`m happy to be in the
finals for the second successive time. I would like to thank
Lukas for making it happen and sticking with me," said Paes,
who won the title in 1999 and 2001 (both with Mahesh Bhupathi)
and then with Dlouhy in 2009.
Dlouhy, on his part, credited the opponents for playing
terrific tennis and said hopefully next year they would regain
"They were just too good today. Hopefully me and Leander
will play some more tournament in the future and regain the
title next year," Dlouhy said.
Paes already has six men`s doubles and five mixed doubles
Grand Slam crowns in his pocket, same as his estranged partner
Paes and Dlouhy, who put up an impressive performance
coming into the final, earned a breakpoint as early as in the
second game after five deuces but couldn`t convert it.
Locked 5-5, Nestor-Zimonjic finally broke the Indo-Czech
pair in the 11th game and held their serve in the next to wrap
up the first set 7-5 in 40 minutes.
With momentum going their way, the Canadian-Serbian duo
quickly earned two more breakpoints in the first game of the
second set and even though Paes and Dlouhy saved one, they
were eventually broken as Nestor-Zimonjic lead 1-0.
Lagging 1-2, Paes-Dlouhy earned another breakpoint in the
third game but failed to covert it yet again.
To make things worse, Dlouhy double faulted and gave away
three breakpoints which the Canadian-Serbian pair converted
without much ado as they surged ahead 4-1.
The Indo-Czech narrowed the gap to 2-5 but it was too
late too little as Nestor-Zimonjic held their serves to
eventually wrap up the second set 6-2 in 25 minutes and pocket
the match and the title comfortably.