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Leander Paes formó equipo junto a Martina Hingis para capturar el título de dobles mixtos de Roland Garros.

Paes Earns Historic Win In Mixed Doubles

Tennis legend secures Roland Garros title

Leander Paes partnered Martina Hingis to the Roland Garros mixed doubles title, rallying to win 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 against No. 2 seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig. Paes became the third player in the Open Era to win a career Grand Slam in both men’s and mixed doubles (Todd Woodbridge & Mark Woodforde).

“[Communication and hard work] is why we won a career Grand Slam Grand Slam,” Paes said. “We started playing together 18 months ago. To finish a career Grand Slam in 18 months takes a little bit of doing.

“I had to learn a few things on the court on how to play mixed on the clay. I knew how to do it on grass and hard courts where your footing is better. But we learned something in the second-round match here. Martina actually taught me to basically cover my line. We played to our strategy.”

Paes and Hingis only won one point returning Dodig/Mirza’s first serves in the opening set, but gradually found their rhythm. The experienced doubles players rushed the net with success and secured the win when Dodig netted a forehand approach. They are the second mixed doubles team in the Open Era to complete a career Grand Slam (Marty Riessen/Margaret Court).

The 42-year-old Paes owns the Open Era men's record with 10 mixed doubles titles. The Indian reached No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings in 1999 and won Roland Garros three times in men’s doubles (1999, 2001 and 2009).

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