ST.PETERSBURG: Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and his German partner Andre Begemann entered the finals of the St Petersburg Open by clinching a straight-sets victory against the Russian pair of Mikhail Elgin and Alexander Kudryavtsev in the men’s doubles event on Friday.
The Indo-German defeated the Russian pair 6-3, 7-6 in a match that lasted for more than 90 minutes.
Paes and Begemann started off comfortably by winning the first set in just 35 minutes. However, the Russian pair came back with a spirited performance after being 0-2 down in the second set. The Indian-German duo won the tie-breaker 7-5 despite being behind 0-2 and then 2-5.
Paes and Begemann will now face the winner of the match between Dominic Inglot-Henri Kontinen and Konstantin Kravchuk-Andrey Kuznetsov in the summit clash.
The Indian tennis ace had last won an ATP men's doubles title, along with South Africa's Raven Klaasen, in the 2015 New Zealand Open.