12th Grand Slam title is ‘special’ for Paes

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New Delhi: India’s Leander Paes on July 6 described his 12th Grand Slam title triumph at the Wimbledon mixed doubles as a “wonderful” feeling which holds a “special” place in his heart.

“It is wonderful to be in my 23rd Grand Slam final. It is a lot of fun. Days like these reminds me what hard work is all about. It is really special,” Paes said.

Paes notched up his 12th Grand Slam title when he and his Zimbabwean partner Cara Black clinched the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown after defeating South African-American pair of Wesley Moodie and Lisa Raymond 6-4, 7-6 (5) late last night.

With this win, Paes now have 12 Grand Slam titles — six men’s doubles and six mixed doubles Grand Slam crowns — one more than his one-time doubles partner and fellow Indian Mahesh Bhupathi.

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