The third seed Indo-Serbian pair of Leander Paes and Janko Tipsarevic on Sunday won the doubles title at the Chennai Open 2012, defeating fourth seed Israeli duo of Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets.
In a match that lasted 73 minutes, the local favourites won their first title together and Paes' sixth doubles title here. Tipsarevic played the match right after losing the singles final. Asked how he had managed such a physically difficult task, Tipsarevic said, "I had a very hard pre-season. I have that every year, fitness in general is one of my strength".
About Paes, he said, "I love playing with someone who loves to ask me something but also to give something". Paes and Tipsarevic wrapped up the title in game 10 of the second set on Paes' serve, right after they had broken Erlich in the previous game.
Serving for the set, Paes and Tipsarevic were aided in their cause after Erlich hit two consecutive serve returns long from the baseline. At 40-0 up and three match points at their disposal, Ram and Erlich left a Paes volley sail unharmed between them, gifting the first doubles title to the Indo-Serbian pair.
Erlich and Ram have already been runners up once in the Chennai Open, losing in the 2004 doubles final to the Spanish pair of Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo.
Paes said, "I know how difficult it is mentally to play two finals on the same day. The way he (Tipsarevic) prepared for both the finals, it was impeccable. He epitomises what an athlete should be."
Following their semifinal victory over Rajeev Ram and Scott Lipsky on Saturday, Paes had attributed the success of his partnership with Serbian Janko Tipsarevic to their "work ethic".