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5 best matches at the Aircel Chennai Open

Leander Paes Mahesh Bhupathi 2002 finals Aircel Chennai Open
Backs to the wall, Paes and Bhupathi eventually took their fourth Chennai Open title
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Modified 05 Jan 2016, 18:31 IST
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The Aircel Chennai Open has seen some brilliant tennis over the years, with some memorable matches being played out on the courts of Tamil Nadu's capital.Supported by Aircel, India’s most innovative telecom brand, the Chennai Open, which is India’s only ATP destination, has tested players big and small and fans have been treated to some stellar displays of tennis in the process.We chronicle 5 of the best matches on court at the Aircel Chennai Open in its two-decade history:

#5 Paes/Bhupathi vs Cibulek/Fukarek

Home favourites Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi made the finals of the Chennai Open for a fourth time at the 2002 Aircel Chennai Open, having already won the title on each of the three previous occasions.

This time, the duo faced the all-Czech pair of Tomáš Cibulec and Ota Fukárek, and looked by all means to be easy favourites to win their fourth title. It was the Czech pair who drew first blood, although Paes and Bhupathi returned the favour in the next game.

Cibulec and Fukárek bested the pair to take the first set 5-7, and then came back with a vengeance in the second set with some strong service as they managed to break their rivals twice in succession to dominate that set 6-2.

It wasn’t all over yet though, as the Indians were pushed to the brink yet again, trailing in the final set and broken at love by Cibulec and Fukarek. Now on the back foot, Bhupathi and Paes persevered, although it wasn’t until the seventh game of that match that they managed to break back. They would then break them yet again to win the deciding set 7-5 and with it, their fourth title together at the Aircel Chennai Open.

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Published 04 Jan 2016, 12:16 IST
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