Paes-Begemann enter St Petersburg final

St. Petersburg [Florida], Sept. 24 : 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. (ANI)