Damm and Paes Win 1st Slam Title at US Open

Posted on September 10, 2006

Sixth seeds Martin Damm and Leander Paes picked up their first Grand Slam title with a 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 victory over second seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi in the 2006 US Open doubles final on Saturday. Damm picks up his first career Grand Slam title with the victory while Paes picks up his fourth Grand Slam men?s doubles title.

Damm and Paes, a new pairing this year, improve to 28-14 on the year and pick up their second title this season ('s-Hertogenbosch). The duo made a run to the final of the Australian Open in January in their Slam debut falling to the top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan.

"Obviously, it's a new partnership, so it's always nice right away to make the Masters," said Damm on qualifying for the year-end championship. "I've played two Masters Cup, Leander played I don't know how many. It's not the first time for us, but it's the first time for us as a team. I am personally looking forward to Shanghai big-time because I heard it's a great event."

Paes, who was appearing in his third US Open doubles final, picks up his first US Open title.

"I must say that the biggest thing that actually has helped us win this tournament is our communication," Paes said. "This partnership that we've got, Martin and myself, is 12 months old as of this tournament."

Damm was appearing in his second US Open doubles final and becomes the first Czech to take home a Grand Slam doubles title since Cyril Suk won the 1998 US Open (w/Stolle). He also becomes the first Czech Slam champion in any senior event since Leos Friedl and Daniela Hantuchova took home the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 2001.

Damm and Paes who defeated fourth seeds Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett in the semifinals, were meeting Bjorkman and Mirnyi for the first time in a final but held a 2-1 series lead coming into today's match after meeting at the Australian Open, ATP Masters Series Toronto and AMS Cincinnati). The teams last met in the semifinals at AMS Cincinnati with Bjorkman and Mirnyi winning that match.

Bjorkman and Mirnyi were looking for their second Slam title this year (Roland Garros) and third overall Slam crown. The pair were appearing in their seventh final this season and looking for their fifth title of 2006 (Doha, AMS Miami, AMS Monte Carlo, Roland Garros, AMS Cincinnati). The duo falls to 44-9 on the season with the loss.

Mirnyi was bidding for his third US Open title after taking the 2000 crown (w/Hewitt) and the 2002 title (w/Bhupathi). Bjorkman was in the hunt for his second title at Flushing Meadows after winning the 2003 title (w/Woodbridge).
-- ATP