Tianjin (China), April 7: Ace tennis player Leander Paes created a record for the most doubles wins in the history of Davis Cup on Saturday. Paes collaborated with Rohan Bopanna not only to grab a record 43rd win but also bring India back in the tie against China.
The experienced Indian combination was forced to pay together by All India Tennis Association (AITA). Before claiming a 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) victory, 44-year-old Paes and Bopanna were made to sweat by the spirited Chinese pair of Mo Xin Gong and Ze Zhang
India are now trailing 1-2. Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal had lost their respective singles matches on Friday which handed China a 2-0 lead.
Paes was dropped from the tie against Uzbekistan last April. The 44-year-old was also not considered for the World Group play-off against Canada.
Earlier in 1990, Paes made his Davis Cup debut alongside Zeeshan Ali, who is now the coach of the side, and grew into a legend in the company of Mahesh Bhupathi, who is now the captain of the side. Paes and Bhupathi, who together ruled the ATP circuit in the late 90s with their incredibly successful partnership, weaved the longest unbeaten winning streak of 24 matches.
(With agency inputs)