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Japan Open: Paes-Stepanek fail to cross final barrier

October 07, 2012 13:33 IST

Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek faltered at the final hurdle as they suffered an upset straight-set defeat at the hands of Alexander Peya of Austria and Brazil's Bruno Soares to finish runners-up at the ATP Japan Open in Tokyo on Sunday.

Alexander Peya (right) of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil pose with their trophy after winning the men's doubles finals match against Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic at the Japan Open on SundayThe fourth seeded Austrian-Brazilian pair defeated top seeds Paes and Stepanek 6-3, 7-6 (5) in an hour and 46 minutes in the $1,280,565 hard court event to win their second ATP World Tour doubles titles in as many weeks.

Peya and Soares added the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships trophy to their Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur trophy.

But Paes and Stepanek have clinched their first team berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next week having booked a place in the Tokyo final.

The Indo-Czech combo have also earned 300 doubles rankings points. They dropped to a 26-9 match record in the season, which includes two titles.

Photograph: Yuriko Nakao / Reuters

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