Winston-Salem: India’s Leander Paes and his German partner Andre Begemann lost to the pair of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) and Henri Kontinen (Finland) in a three set thriller in Winston-Salem Open doubles final, here on Saturday.
Paes-Begemann won the first set 6-4, but Garcia-Lopez and Kontinen made a spectacular comeback and won the final to win the doubles title with a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 10-8. They fought off six championship points in the second-set tie-break, rallying from a 6-1 deficit and then dominated the third-set tie-break.
Earlier, Paes and Begemann had defeated Swede Robert Lindstedt and Pakistan’s Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi 1-6 7-6 10-4 to make it to the final of the ATP Winston-Salem Open.
It was a heartbreaking defeat for Paes, who was looking to win his 56th career doubles title. He would have extended his streak to 20 straight years with at least one doubles title with a victory.
Meanwhile, Pablo Carreno Busta claimed his first career ATP World Tour title, as he fought back to beat second-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (6), 7-6 (1), 6-4 in an all-Spain singles final on Stadium Court.
The 25-year-old Spaniard let two set points slip away in the first set and was a break down in the second set, but he roared back and handily won a second-set tie-break. Then he was clearly the fresher and stronger player in the third set, getting the only break he needed to go up 3-2.