WINSTON-SALEM (USA): Leander Paes won his first title of the season when he triumphed at the Winston-Salem Open with Canadian Daniel Nestor as the veteran pair defeated Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot 7-6(10), 7-5 in the final.
Paes and Nestor, both aged 40, were playing together for just the second time in their careers.
Nestor and Paes edged their unseeded opponents in one hour and 33 minutes. They lost just one set all week. Their quarterfinal win over Paul Hanley and John Peers saw Nestor become the first doubles player to reach the 900 match wins milestone (902-358 match record).
“There are two things that really stand out for me this week. One was to get Danny to his 900th win. That’s a phenomenal career that he’s had. It was a real honour to be on the court with him, getting him to that spot,” said Paes.
“The second thing that stood out was playing together on the court. We wanted to get a few matches in. We wanted to see how we combine on the court. Through the whole week, we played some really tough opponents and getting to win the tournament with someone who’s a legend is really something special.”