Chennai: Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray outplayed top seeds Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen to win the Chennai Open men's doubles title yesterday.
Paes and his 99th doubles partner Klaasen tried hard but simply could not get the better of their opponents and eventually went down 3-6, 6-7 (4).
Despite the partisan crowd support, the 41-year-old Indian fell short of winning his seventh title here.
Paes, who has entered his 25th ATP season, acknowledged the fact that he and his South African partner lost to a better team.
"They played a great match today. I'd love to see the statistics. I don't think they missed too many first serves.
Having said that, I'd like to thank my partner for a good start to the new season," said Paes at the post-match on court interview.
"We have to concentrate on the tournaments in the coming weeks. We look forward to a great partnership."