Paes-Bhupathi in third round of Australian Open

Indian tennis duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi registered a straight set victory to advance to the third round of the Australian Open men`s doubles event.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 13:44 PM IST

Melbourne: Indian tennis duo of Leander Paes
and Mahesh Bhupathi registered a straight set victory over
Argentina`s Juan Monaco and Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-6 (2),
6-4 to advance to the third round of the Australian Open men`s
doubles event, here on saturday.

Paes and Bhupathi, who rallied from one set down to beat
Ivo Karlovic and Dusan Vemica in their first round match here
a couple of days back, came up with a much improved
performance today.

The "Indian Express" duo could successfully put 76 per
cent of their first serves in and looked in really good shape
as they managed to get the better of their opponents in little
over one and a half hours.

Although, the Indian doubles specialists faced a stiff
challenge from Monaco and Lopez in the first set but the pair
of Lee-Hesh brought into fore all their experiences to finally
prevail over them with a tight 7-6 win.

In the second set, however, the third-seeded Indians did
not have much trouble as the two comfortably outplayed their
unseeded Spanish-Argentine pair to steal the set 6-4 and put
themselves on course for their maiden Australian Open title.

Paes and Bhupathi will next face the Spanish duo of Tommy
Robredo and Marcel Granollers in the third round.

PTI