Paes-Cerretani lose in Dubai Tennis Championships final

Indian tennis player Leander Paes. (File Photo: IANS)

Dubai: Veteran Indian star Leander Paes and his American partner Jamie Cerretani went down in straight sets to defending champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in the men’s doubles final at the Dubai Tennis Championships here on Saturday.

The Indo-American combination produced a late charge before losing 6-2, 7-6 (2) to their second seeded Dutch-Romanian opponents.

Rojer and Horia Tecau retain thus won the title for the second time in a row. This is their 17th title since they first paired up in 2014.

On the other hand, Paes and Cerretani, who came into this tournament as wild cards, were contesting for the first time as a team.