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Paes - Hingis win thrilling Mixed Doubles Final at the US Open

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The fourth seeded Indo-Swiss pairing of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis overcame the challenge of the All-American duo of Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a match truly worthy of a final 10-7 in a Championship tiebreaker to win the US Open Mixed Doubles title of 2015.

Paes and Hingis had already won the Australian Open and Wimbledon Mixed Doubles crown this year, while on the other side of the net they squared off against another very good doubles player in Mattek-Sands, the reigning French Open Mixed Doubles. Sam Querrey was the least experienced amongst the four and was playing in his first ever Grand Slam final.

Paes and Hingis started the match well taking an early break and holding on to that advantage to claim the first set 6-4. Paes and Hingis were far from their best in that first set, but were playing just well enough to stay ahead of their opponents.

That situation reversed itself in the second set. After Mattek-Sands squeezed out a narrow hold in the third game, Martina Hingis dropped serve in the next game and it was the Americans who were firmly in control as they wrapped up the second set 6-3.

Mattek-Sands in particular was the best player on court, catching Leander Paes moving early at the net on multiple occasions and holding her shot till the last possible second to pass the Indian poacher comfortably. Hingis meanwhile was also struggling against the raw power of the Americans, who were outhitting her from the back of the court.

The Americans went up an early mini break in the deciding match tiebreak and raced to a 4-1 lead. That advantage stretched itself to 5-2 before the Indo-Swiss duo staged an unlikely comeback to level things up at 5-5. The teams changed ends still locked at 6-6.

Paes came through for his team on the clutch points, producing an excellent winner down the line as he returned Mattek-Sands' serve and that gave his side the mine-break. At 8-7 with two serves to follow the match was on Leander's racquet, but the Indian legend still couldn't buy a first serve.

Paes produced an excellent half-volley from Mattek-Sands' return to make it 9-7 and closed out the match on the next point to clinch his 9th Mixed Doubles title and 17th Grand Slam in all.

Hingis continues to be one better than Leander, claiming her 18th career Grand Slam title and will look to stretch that to 19 when she partners another Indian Sania Mirza in the Women's Doubles Final on Sunday.

Final Score:

[4] Leander Paes / Martina Hingis d. Sam Querrey / Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4 3-6 [10-7]