Paes overjoyed with 'special' 50th title

Apr 02, 2012, 07:47 IST | Agencies
India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek came back from a set down to beat second-seeded Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in the men's doubles final of the WTA and ATP Miami Masters.

Doubles champions Leander Paes (right) and Radek Stepanek
with the Miami Masters trophy in Florida on Saturday. PIC/AFP

The seventh seeds won their second title of the season on Saturday beating the Belarusian and Serbian pair
3-6, 6-1, (10-8) to win in an hour and 22 minutes.

The Indian-Czech tandem trailed 1-4 before winning six straight points to surge ahead. Paes collected his third straight crown at Crandon Park, having won previously with Lukas Dlouhy in 2010 and Mahesh Bhupathi in 2011.
The 38-year-old also became the 24th player in ATP World Tour history to win 50 doubles titles. Paes said: "It's really, really special. 50 tournaments takes a little doing. 600 matches takes a little bit of doing. Having done three titles in Miami is awesome. Next year, I hope to win another one."

Sharapova stunned
In the women's singles, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska captured her maiden Miami women's title on Saturday, denying World No 2 two Maria Sharapova a shot at her first victory in four finals appearances.


Radwanska earned her ninth career WTA Tour title and second victory of 2012 with a 7-5, 6-4 dismantling of the mistake-prone Sharapova. The 23-year-old from Krakow won earlier this year in Dubai.

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