It was a victory long overdue and the reunion was perhaps destined to happen in no other tournament but the Chennai Open.
As India’s star tennis pair — Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes — clinched their fifth Chennai Open doubles crown in 2011, there was more than one reason to celebrate.
The victory came nine long years after their last triumph at Chennai. Their last ATP title win together was at the 2004 Toronto Masters.
Some are already seeing the duo as a potent threat for the upcoming Australian Open.
The last two times Paes and Bhupathi paired up, they faced first-round losses while recovering from their infamous estrangement.