Credit to Radek for pushing me really hard: Paes
India's Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic reached the US Open men's doubles final on Thursday when Marc Lopez, playing with Spanish Davis Cup teammate Marc Granollers, retired due to an injury.
Fifth-seeded Paes and Stepanek, the Australian Open champions, were level at 6-6 when the Spaniards could not play further. Paes-Stepanek face second-seeded Americans Bob and Mike Bryan — the champions in 2005, 2008 & 2010 in Friday’s final.
“I have a great partner. He really pushed me today and pulled the whip out, which is probably what I needed. We are looking forward to the final,” said Paes.