Leander Paes has made history for Indian tennis. Teaming up with Martina Hingis, Paes and Hingis have become the first doubles team since 1969 to win three major titles in the same calendar year. Leander Paes also becomes the most titled mixed doubles player with a total of 9 Grand Slam title, passing in this special ranking compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.
Leander is the winningest male mixed doubles player in the Open Era. Hingis and Paes defeated in the final the All-American team of Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands with the final score of 6-4 3-6 [10-7] in 1 hour and 17 minutes.
Hingis-Paes closed with 32 winners and 9 unforced errors, whereas Querrey-Mattek had 28 winners and 16 unforced errors. Speaking to the media after the final, Leander said Paes talked about his record. "Martina said something there in her answer there that was quite interesting.
She said you have to have the guts to go after something, and I don't believe that I personally have the technique or the caliber of talent that Martina has." "One thing I do have is the guts. I will go for it.
It's been part of -- my whole life is about perseverance, just trying to find a way to succeed. Sometimes the chips are against you; sometimes they fool you." Martina said she didn't expect to finish the year with 3 Grand Slam titles when she teamed up with Paes at the start of the year.
Hingis said she feels very lucky to have Paes on her side. Hingis/Paes won this year won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, falling before the quarter-finals in Paris at Roland Garros. ALSO READ Serena Williams and how her upset to Vinci ranks in the all-time top 5 upsets in the history of American sports