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Paes to team with Roger-Vasselin

Doubles world No 3 Leander Paes will take to the court in Chennai Open with a new partner -- Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France -- as he prepares to defend his title here for the third time in a row later this month.

At 39, Paes has had a good run in 2012 winning four titles, including the Australian Open (doubles) and reaching the finals at Tokyo and US Open.

And for the 29-year-old Frenchman, the year has brought three doubles titles, taking him to a career-best doubles ranking of 38. He, though, will finish the year at 43. This is the first time the duo will partner each other in a tournament in which the Indian had won six times in 17 appearances.

‘Paes and Roger-Vasselin are pairing up for the first time at the 2013 edition of the Aircel Chennai Open. While enough has been written and said about Leander, it will be a tremendous learning opportunity for Roger-Vasselin,’ said tournament director Tom Annear.

‘Going by their individual records and playing styles, I am pretty certain the duo will give the others a run for their money in this tournament,’ he added.

Rohan Bopanna will be pairing up Rajeev Ram in the event.
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