When Paes took court with Marcel Granollers at the Aegon Open in Nottingham, on Wednesday, the Spaniard was his 100th partner. They reached the quarterfinals after eking out a 3-6 6-2 11-9 win over Treat Huey and Scott Lipsky.

Paes has been most successful with estranged partner Mahesh Bhuapthi with whom he won three of his eight men’s doubles Grand Slam titles. He won two each with Radek Stepanek and Lukas Dlouhy and one with Martin Damm, all of whom incidentally are from Czech Republic.

Paes is the 47th player to reach a century of doubles partners. Of these 100 partners, 71 played with him on the Tour level while 29 at the Challenger level.

Paes also became just the eighth player to notch 700 match wins with victory in the Roland Garros first round last month but the first member of the club to have amassed more than 50 titles and 700 match victories.

“I put a lot of homework into choosing a partner, because I like to choose someone whose skill set is my weaknesses and my skill set is their weaknesses. Whether it was a Martin Damm, who has a big serve and an excellent backhand return or a Radek Stepanek who has an all-court game.

“Mahesh Bhupathi was mostly a baseliner and then his volleys improved down the track. David Rikl too. There were so many different partners with different skill sets and I’d learn from their strengths, so we complement each other as a team. With all the moving variables that you get to learn a lot about the partnership,” Paes said.

A former World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings, Paes, who turned 42 a week ago, is the sixth active member of the ‘100 Partners Club’, with Frank Moser (144), Andre Sa (119), Olivier Marach (109), Carlos Berlocq (104) and James Cerretani (104).

“The majority of the time with these 100 partners I’ve led the team, but off the court I look to build the chemistry. When you’re on the court handling the stressful situations, you need to know that your partner has your back.

“Making someone feel comfortable on the court is something I’ve been blessed with. The best partnerships are the ones where there is a lot of give and take, where there is good communication and chemistry other than the tennis skill set,” he said.

Paes also won seven mixed doubles Grand Slam titles — three with Cara Black, two with legendary Martina Navratilova and one each with Lisa Raymond and Martina Hingis.

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