Chennai: India`s Leander Paes began his stint with new partner Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia on a victorious note on Wednesday as the third seeded pair breezed past the Canadian combine of Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil in a long drawn encounter to enter the doubles quarterfinals of the Chennai Open.
Paes and Tipsarevic lived up to their billing and combined well though they looked in some sort of bother in touching their wonted form but wrapped up the Centre court match at 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 in about 76 minutes.
As the match wore on, Paes and Tipsarevic looked to be in there fully and all that they needed was just a break as they were holding to their respective service games. This they managed to achieve breaking Pospisil and Raonic once each in the first set.
The second set was going on serves till 3-all but for once Paes looked to be wanting and was broken in the seventh game. Thus, the Canadian duo got back into the match by neutralizing the set score.
The Indo-Serbian pair was even more precise in their game in the third set but Paes, who showed his accuracy in his winners playing close to the net but was not as successful as he was expected to be from the back court almost during the second set made amends in the decider.
However, the pair won many points on Tipsarevic`s serves and Paes some delectable swift returns to the joy of the sparse spectators.
However, Paes-Tipsarevic combine always led in the match play set and in fact went on to increase the lead by two points 7-5 and then scored two more to lead 9-5. Here, Pospisil scored brace of points returning to vacant space to the right of Paes to narrow the lead 7-9 but it was too late as Tipsarevic served out for the match.
Paes, who had won the doubles title here on five occasions in the company of Mahesh Bhupathi, thus kept the expectations of a title clash with his erstwhile partner, who is pairing up with Rohan Bopanna.