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Hingis and Paes beat Mirza and Dodig in Thrilling French Open Final

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On a day when Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka graced the famed Philippe-Chatrier Court at Roland Garros, it was the last match of the day, the Mixed Doubles Final that provided all the real thrills and entertainment as the legendary doubles pairing of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis nudged the second seeded pairing of Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-4, [10-8] in an incredible final.

Defending champion Mirza, teaming up with Croatian powerhouse Ivan Dodig landed the first blow right at the end of a tight opening set which had witnessed 9 consecutive games on serve without even a single breakpoint having been fashioned by either team. Leander Paes, serving to stay in the first set was broken in the 10th game as the Indo-Croatian pair took the lead.

The second set was just as competitive and witnessed some terrific rallies. Paes and Hingis were once again broken once, but broke twice in return to take the set 6-4 and level the match at a set apiece.

A match tiebreak would determine which team would be the Mixed Doubles Champions for 2016, and it was another thriller with the teams locked at 4-4 before Paes lived up to his experience, producing two well placed serves to open up a 7-5 lead. Mirza and Dodig though refused to go away, leveling proceedings again at 8-8 before a patented Hingis backhand winner set up match point for the senior citizens, with Paes' movement at the net wrapping up the contest with a fantastic stretch volley.

Leander and Martina enter the record books capturing the only piece of silverware missing from their respective trophy cabinets with Leander now having won all 8 doubles crowns at least once, while Hingis also completed her set, with the legendary Swiss Miss a French Open Singles title away from having a real complete set.

A delighted Leander dedicated the win to his father, before going into hyper-drive praising first his opponents and then his playing partner. He said, “This career Grand Slam goes out to one person, my father. I love you and thank you for everything.”

To Hingis he said, “I love you like crazy. It’s a real pleasure to share this court with you.”

Martina herself was overcome with emotion, playing against her doubles partner Sania Mirza. The legendary Swiss said, "It’s never easy to play each other. At the start of the tournament we always say if we have to play each other it should be in the final. I am really sorry this time but I am sure we will play many more matches."

Final Score:

Martina Hingis / Leander Paes d. Sania Mirza / Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-4, [10-8]