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Paes hopes to repeat historic feat at US Open

New York, Sep 4 (UNI) Reckoning the 2008 US Open to be a special one for him, ace Indian pro Leander Paes, who has stormed into the finals of both men's doubles and mixed doubles, is hopeful that his twin crowns nine years back at Wimbledon will repeat itself here.

''I think 2008 in New York is going to be special,'' Paes said, after he along with his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy trounced Maximo Gonzales and Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-2, 6-0 in just 46 minutes to claim a place in the men's doubles final.

The former Davis Cup captain, who paired up with Zimbabwean Cara Black, has already made it to the mixed doubles final.

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

''I was much younger back then,'' Paes, who has won 39 doubles titles and all four Grand Slam trophies in men's doubles in his 17 year long career, said.

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

However, the Indian veteran was happy with his performance against the Argentines.

''When you finish a semi-final of a Grand Slam in 46 minutes, you're always happy,'' he quipped.

''It was one of the fastest matches I had in my career. The balls looked like watermellons out there.'' UNI XC PY AB DS1500

Story first published: Thursday, September 4, 2008, 18:01 [IST]
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