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Paes-Tipsarevic Capture Chennai Trophy

Doubles 2012

Paes, Tipsarevic© AFP/Getty ImagesLeander Paes lifts Janko Tipsarevic over his shoulders in celebration of their doubles title.

Third seeds Leander Paes and Janko Tipsarevic won the Aircel Chennai Open title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fourth-seeded Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

Paes lifted the Chennai title for the sixth time with his 48th tour-level doubles trophy, while Tipsarevic made up for defeat in the singles final (l. to Raonic) by capturing his first team title.

"I know how difficult it is mentally to play two finals on the same day," said Paes. "The way he [Tipsarevic] prepared for both the finals, it was impeccable. He epitomises what an athlete should be."

Tipsarevic admitted, "I had a very hard pre-season. I have that every year. Fitness in general is one of my strength. I love playing with someone who loves to ask me something but also to give something."

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The Indian-Serbian team share $21,800 in prize money and 250 ATP Doubles Team Rankings points, while Erlich and Ram earn a cheque for $11,480 and 75 points.

Paes and Tipsarevic took a 3-0 lead, with two breaks of serve. They won 18 of their 28 service points in the 35-minute first set.

The teams exchanged breaks of serve at the beginning of the second set. Ram lost his serve to 30 at 4-4, which handed Paes an opportunity to close out victory in 74 minutes.

Erlich and Ram, who beat top seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna in the semi-finals, were playing in their 27th doubles final together (14-13 career mark).

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