Paes hopes to repeat 1999 Wimbledon feat in 2008 US Open

Updated: 09 September 2008 06:48 IST

Nine years after his twin crowns at Wimbledon, Leander Paes is hoping history repeats itself at the US Open.

Paes hopes to repeat 1999 Wimbledon feat in 2008 US Open

New York:

Nine years after his twin crowns at Wimbledon, Leander Paes is hoping history to repeat itself at the US Open.

Having reached the finals of both men's and mixed doubles of the US Open, Paes is recalling the 1999 Wimbledon and reckons this is going to be special for him.

"I think 2008 in New York is going to be special," said the Indian ace, after he and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy thumped Argentine pair Maximo Gonzales and Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-0 in just 46 minutes to storm into the men's doubles final.

The former Davis Cup captain and his Zimbabwean teammate Cara Black have already made it to the mixed doubles final.

In 1999, Paes had partnered Mahesh Bhupathi and Lisa Raymonds to win the men's doubles and mixed doubles crowns at Wimbledon.

"I was much younger back then," said Paes, recalling the feat.

"As you get older, I push my body to new limits and try to raise the bar a few more times," he said.

Paes was particularly happy with the show against the Argentines and said, "When you finish a semi-final of a Grand Slam in 46 minutes, you're always happy.

"It was one of the fastest matches I had in my career. The balls looked like watermellons out there."



Topics : Tennis US Open 2011
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