He qualified for the Grand Slam final of his career in 2010 when he and Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi entered the title clash of the U.S. open.
Only two years ago, Paes went on a rampage with Martina Hingis, collecting all Grand Slam mixed doubles titles except French Open, which they won in 2016. They looked a different player in the second, and eventually won the final in the tie-breaker.
Bhupathi was the first - he won the title with Rika Hiraki of Japan in 1997. It was a personal goal for me to win a Grand Slam.
The third set super tiebreak (10-point tiebreaker) was a topsy-turvy affair as Bopanna-Dabrowski raced to a 3-0 lead. The Indo-Canadian pair sent France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic crashing out with a 7-5, 6-3 verdict in the semi-finals. "I think that helped us also today coming through those close matches". "I love to play here, I love you guys, you're awesome, thanks for coming to support me".
"It is nice to be in the final again, I hope I can play better and win it". Yes, as a kid it's something you start out dreaming of.
Bangalore-based Bopanna said victory was particularly special as it came 20 years after Bhupathi had teamed with Japan's Rika Hiraki to win the mixed crown in Paris.
The 31-year-old Nadal, who retired last year before his third-round match with a wrist injury, is the only man with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament. Bopanna and Dabrowski then failed to convert a match point at 10-9 but did so on the second opportunity to seal the match in 66 minutes.
"During those two match points, I just told my partner to keep playing aggressive strokes and that kind of worked for us".