Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy win 2009 French OpenJune 7th, 2009 - 2:46 am ICT by John Le Fevre
World number three seeded pair Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy have beaten the unseeded pair of Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman to take out the Mens Doubles champions of the 2009 French Open.
Indian Paes and Czech Dlouhy took one hour and forty minutes to finish 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 over South African Moodie and Belgian Norman at Paris’ Roland Garros stadium.
The winning pair suffered an early set-back when Paes was struck in the eye during a volley with Norman and needed 10 minutes of injury time to apply ice to reduce the swelling.
The injury time seemed to settle the pair who up to that point had been playing erratically. After returning to the court following treatment Paes and Dloughy dominated the remainder of the match with strong volleys, and powerful overheads, to keep their opponents continuously off guard
The win was Paes’ third doubles victory at the French stadium, having won there with Mahesh Bhupathi in 1999 and 2001 and his ninth Grand Slam title, which includes four mixed doubles wins.
For Dlouhy, 10 years younger than Paes who turns 35-years-old next week, the French Open title was his first Grand Slam victory, having finished runner-up with Pavel Vizner in 2007.
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