Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna both warmed up for next week’s Australian Open by winning ATP Titles with their respective partners.
Paes captured 55th title of his career as he triumphed at the Heineken Open with new partner Raven Klaasen while Bopanna clinched the Apia International with Canada’s Daniel Nestor.
Paes and South Africa’s Klaasen, seeded fourth, overcame a fighting combo of Dominic Inglot and Florin Mergia 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the final of the USD 519,395 in the Auckland ATP event.
Leander Paes, who won a title every year since 1997 was all praise for his new partner
The best part about Raven is that he’s a student of life, he’s a student of the game and the amount he’s improved in the last 14 days. Every day we’ve gotten a better understand of our team, a better understand of the way we play and how we play against different teams
Meanwhile in Sydney, The third-seed team of Bopanna and Nestor defeated second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-4, 7-6(5) in one hour and 26 minutes, converting three of their seven break point chances and winning 91 per cent of their first serve points. Rohan Bopanna was quotes saying
Since we started together this year, we’ve been working hard. Playing with a guy like Danny, with so much experience, I think it really helps my game. I just have to focus on my side of the court and that makes it much easier
It was a great week for Indian Tennis Fans as Sania Mirza also won the Apia International with her partner.