Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek win Australian Open 2012 Men’s Doubles Title

29 Jan 2012 by Dan Brown in Australian Open 2012

The match featured some spectacular doubles action as both teams showed off quick reactions and some stunning reflex volleys.

Leander Paes Radek Stepanek defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan to win Mens Doubles Championship at Australian Open 2012

Leander Paes Radek Stepanek defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan to win Mens Doubles Championship at Australian Open 2012

In the first set, Paes and Stepanek who are unseeded mainly because Stepanek has not played much in doubles overcame some trouble including a breakpoint at 1-2. The set went to a tie break which the indo –Czech pair clinched at 7-1 on the back of some blistering returns which proved to be too much for the Bryan twins who could only play some defensive shots which were pounced upon by Paes and Stepanek.

The second set saw the Bryan twins quickly go down 0-3 and were in danger of a double break at 0-30 but they recovered to hold and held to 2-4. They earned a break point on Paes’s serve the next game but Leander came up with a great volley under pressure and they held to 5-2.  The next game a double fault at match point gave Paes and Stepanek the title.

Stepanek was the star of the day with some exquisite reflex volleys, deep serves and great returns. Paes completed his career slam in doubles after finally adding the Australian Open doubles title after losing in 3 previous finals here. The Bryans will have to wait to win a record 12th grand slam which would put them ahead of the “Woodies”

Paes said,” I thank my partner and my team. Also Martina Navratilova who has been a great inspiration to me” Bob said, “Paes and Stepanek were too good for us today. We had a good tourney and will be back. I am rushing to be with my wife who will probably deliver our child tomorrow”

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