Paes is hungry for more Slam trophies

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> After bagging a record equalling 11th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, Leander Paes is eyeing at least five or six more Major trophies.

Updated: June 05, 2010 10:23 IST
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After bagging a record equalling 11th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, Leander Paes is eyeing at least five or six more Major trophies.

Paes equalled Mahesh Bhupathi's Indian record for most Slam trophies last week after wining mixed doubles trophy at the Australian Open with partner Cara Black.

"I would love to win five or six more grand slams. I would love to take part in my sixth Olympics," Paes said at a media interaction here.

Paes said he has always enjoyed his stay in Australia and termed as "unfortunate" the recent attacks on the Indians in Down Under.

"It is very unfortunate that way that things have been going on in India and Australia. I have had long relations with Australians. Tony Roche coached me for three and half years in Sydney, where I lived with his family.

"Bob Carmichael, one of the greatest coaches in my life, taught me how to play the game of doubles. I lived with him in Melbourne. I can speak for myself that I have had some amazing interactions with them," he said.

Australia had also forfeited its Davis Cup tie against India last year but Paes hoped soon things will become better.

"Whether it is tennis or cricket, people of Australia and India have shared great professional relationship. I believe that sports should be one of those vehicles to bridge good ties between countries," Paes said.

"I hope it is not far that India and Australia continue to have ties and get over the few incidents that have a happened in the near past," Paes added.

Paes says cinema has always been his interest and he is game to face the arc light if the right script comes to him.

"Cinema is something that has always intrigued me. If down the track the right script, right director, movie and project comes along, I would love to explore the actor in me. But I haven't signed any role or movie yet. I believe that there is a time and place for everything," he said.

Talking about India's upcoming Davis Cup World Group tie against Russia he said it would not be a smooth sailing but fancied chances of pulling off an upset.

India qualified for World Group after 11 years, following a convincing 4-1 win over South Africa in the play-off tie.

"Playing Russia in the Davis Cup is a very, very tough tie for us, let alone in their own back yard. (Nikolay) Davydenko was world number one. He won the World Masters, beating Federer in the final.

"They have got an amazing depth but I always felt Indian Davis Cup team has been able to create some wonderful upsets and my Davis Cup record goes to show that. Anything can happen in the Davis Cup. To come away with a win will be magical."

Paes also said that he and Bhupathi will have to perform consistently to keep their place as the younger players were doing extremely well. 

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