LeanLeander Paes for me is much more than an athlete. Every point he sees as a ‘do or die’ for India. If you have watched him play you know that what drives him is our tricolour. No matter what the odds, he will do what it takes to see it fly high.

Yesterday Leander Paes and Martin Damm crowned their first year as a pair as they beat second seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 to win the men’s doubles title at the US Open.

The Indian-Czech pair, seeded sixth, were a break down in the second set but recovered to win in two hours, 35 minutes.

The victory gave Damm his first Grand Slam title, while for Paes it was his fourth men’s doubles crown and seventh in all.

A pictorial tribute to one of our country’s proud sons:

Leander

Leander

Now that Martina Navratilova (his mixed doubles partner) has retired, any chance of hooking up with Maria Sharapova?