Leander Paes is One of the Best Players of All Time: Rafael Nadal
Leander Paes is one of the biggest stars in doubles and one of the best players of all time, said fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal.
Nadal and Marc Lopez fought off a brave challenge from the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni in the doubles rubber to hand Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie in New Delhi on Saturday.
Nadal and Lopez beat Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 in the doubles match.
The Spanish pair, the Olympic champions, were a set and 5-4 down in the second set when they staged a fightback to eventually give Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in the play-off.
Nadal clarified that it was indeed a stomach bug that forced him to skip the opening singles match against Ramkumar Ramanathan on Friday.
It was not the wrist. Everybody knows my situation I have always been honest about it. My wrist is improving but it still bothers me a little bit. But I am happy with the progress. There is a lot of humidity here and after practice, I had lunch at hotel and I felt I was not feeling perfect to go on court. Feli (Feliciano Lopez) was in perfect condition to go to court so he played.Rafael Nadal
(With inputs from PTI.)