Zee Media Bureau/Feroz Khan
New York: In one hour and 12 minutes at the famous Arthur Ashe stadium, India’s Leander Paes created history when he clinched his third US Open men’s doubles title that made him the oldest man in Open era to win a major title.
Along with his partner Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic, Paes demolished the pair of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the 2013 US Open men’s doubles on Sunday to clinch the title.
40-year-old Paes now has 14 major titles to his name that include eight doubles and six mixed doubles trophies.
The Indo-Czech pair also avenged their loss at the hands of American pair of Bob and Mike Bryan in last year’s US Open doubles final by beating them in the semis this year.
Following his amazing feat, Paes quipped that the secret to win doubles titles is to find a partner from Czech Republic paying tribute to his former partners from the country with whom he has tasted success at the US Open on previous occasions.
With this win, Paes has surely confirmed his status as one of India’s greatest ever sportspersons.