What were the odds that the Bryan brothers’ 23-match winning streak will be interrupted by a pair that was defeated by the American twins in a tuning event earlier in the month, that the Bryans will be defeated in two straight sets by a pair that was teaming up only for the fourth time?
The 38-year old tennis player’s victory is a stark contrast to the Indian cricket team’s embarrassing 0-4 test series defeat to the Australians, despite its ace players in the squad.
Paes ended his seven-year wait for the career grand slam with the Australian Open men’s doubles title.
Paes partnered with 33-year old Czech Radek Stepanek to defeat the defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 and win his seventh grand slam title. The winning pair is now richer by $454,500.
Paes ruined the 33-year old Bryan brothers’ chances of emulating the 11 major titles’ record of the Australian duo – Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge, also known as the Woodies.
Paes has won won three French Opens, two US Opens and a Wimbledon Open in men’s doubles, and six grand slams in mixed doubles.