Paes-Bhupathi storm into Oz Open quarters
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Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011, 12:45
Zeenews Bureau

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 encounter.

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 eight.

First Published: Monday, January 24, 2011, 12:45

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