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Winston Salem Open: Paes-Begemann make it to final

August 27, 2016 13:06 IST

Leander Paes

IMAGE: Leander Paes, right, with Andre Begemann. Photograph: Twitter.

Veteran Leander Paes brushed off the disappointment of Rio Olympics as he and his German partner Andre Begemann made it to the final of the ATP Winston-Salem Open beating Swede Robert Lindstedt and Pakistan's Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi in a close encounter.

The Indo-German pair won 1-6, 7-6, 10-4 courtesy super tie-break.

The duo will be meeting Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Finland's Henri Kontinen. The Spanish-Finn pair beat had an easy outing in the semi-finals beating Croatia's Mate Pavic and New Zealand's Michael Venus 7-6, 6-3.

In the semi-final match, Paes and Begemann were broken twice as they surrendered the first set 1-6.

In the second set, Paes-Begemann did well to hold their serve before clinching the tie-breaker as the Indian legend and seven-time Olympian was again at his best at the net.

Paes' experience and younger legs of 32-year-old Begemann came to the fore in the super tie-break as they converted the mini-breaks effectively to close in the match.

Paes will be playing his first final of the season on ATP Tour. The 43-year-old legend, who has had to play a number of Challenger level tournaments this season, has seen his ranking plummet to 72.

He won two titles - Biella (Italy) and Busan (Korea) -- on the Challenger circuit.

Before this, reaching the semifinals of the Delray Beach Open with Jeremy Chardy was Paes' best show this season. They had lost to Mike and Bob Bryan.

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