Republic TV has spoken to India's Tennis marathon-man Leander Paes, who last week created history by becoming the most successful doubles player in the history of the Davis Cup surpassing Nicola Pietrangeli.
The 44-year-old Paes recorded his 43rd win as he and Rohan Bopanna defeated China's Mao Xin Gong and Ze Zhang giving India a prayer before Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran won consecutive wins to complete India's sensational 3-2 comeback in the international team event.
A man with extraordinary numbers, Paes' record comes 29 years after he made his debut in the Davis Cup aged just 16! He and his former doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi also hold the record for the longest doubles streak in the history of the Davis Cup, having won 24 matches in a row between 1997 and 2010.
The Padma Bhushan awardee has also won an incredible 18 Grand slam titles in the doubles and mixed doubles, with Novak Djokovic once memorably telling Paes that he inspires him every day. Paes also secured India's first individual Olympics medal in over four decades with his Bronze medal run at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.