Miami: Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had
to strain their sinews before the Indian duo, along with their
respective partners, cleared the opening round hurdle in the
men's doubles event of the Miami Master here.
Third seeds Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy
toiled in the middle for nearly one-and-half hours before
eking out a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Ross Hutchins and Jordan
They now face the unseeded Thomaz Belucci-Marc Lopez
pair who struggled to down the Christopher Kas-Dick Norman duo
3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi also overcame a tricky test
against 2005 Wimbledon champions Stephen Huss and Wesley
Moodie before they carved out a 6-4, 7-5 victory in 76
The fourth seeded Indo-Belarussian pair now face the John
Isnor-Sam Querry duo, who toiled to get past Johan Branstrom
and Jean-Jullen Rojer 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 in yet another intense
opening round match.
First Published: Monday, March 29, 2010, 14:22