Melbourne: India’s ace tennis doubles team of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi prevailed over the Spanish duo of Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers in a hard fought battle to move through to the quarter final of the men’s doubles events at the 2011 Australian Open.
Paes and Bhupathi, who teamed up together after nine
years in a bid to add the only Grand Slam title -- the
Australian Open -- missing in their cupboard, had to play out
of the skin to get the better of 13th seeds Granollers and
Robredo 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in an engrossing one hour and 52 minutes
In the quarterfinals, the third seeded Indian pair will
play the winners of the match between Indo-Pak pair of Rohan
Bopanna and Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi and French-Serbian
combination of Micheal Lodra and Nenad Zimonjic.
Paes and Bhupathi started the match positively as they
pocketed the first set in just 33 minutes.
But Granollers and Robredo made a strong comeback in the
second to take the encounter into the decider which the
Indians won after a 42 minute battle.
The highlight of Paes and Bhupathi`s game today was their
cent percent break point conversion. The Indian pair made use
of the two opportunities that came their way while their
opponents could only manage two out of four chances.
Paes and Bhupathi, however, will have to get their acts
together in the last eight round and avoid committing unforced
errors, which they did 18 times today as against their rival`s