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Paes and Damm win men's doubles title in New York

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NEW YORK, Sep 10 (Reuters) Leander Paes and Martin Damm crowned their first year as a pair as they beat Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi 6-7 6-4 6-3 to win the men's doubles title at the U S Open.

Indian Paes and Czech Damm were a break down in the second set but recovered to win in two hours, 35 minutes.

Bjorkman and Mirnyi, who lost to American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the final 12 months ago, looked on course for victory when they took the opening set on a tiebreak and broke in the first game of the second.

But Paes and Damm, beaten finalists at the Australian Open and who saved five match points in their semi-final win, roared back to clinch victory.

Paes said communication had been the key to his success with Damm.

''I don't think there are enough words to express how much fun and how much learning I've actually had playing with Martin, because we're actually opposites on the court,'' Paes said yesterday.

''Martin is strong and plays more solid. I'm more flashy and a bit more quick. We really complement each other.

''It's been a fantastic year playing with him. I've really enjoyed it. I'd like to thank him for a wonderful year.'' The victory gave Damm his first grand slam title, while for Paes it was his fourth men's doubles crown and seventh in all.

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