US Open: Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek in men's doubles 2nd round

Last Updated: Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:55
US Open: Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek in men's doubles 2nd round
File-photo of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek

New York: Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and Czech partner Radek Stepanek entered the US Open men's doubles prequarterfinals with a straight-set victory in the second round here.

The sixth seeded pairing defeated Chinese Taipei's Yen Hsun-Lu and Czech Republic's Jiri Vesley 7-6 (3) 6-3 in a contest which lasted an hour and 23 minutes.

In the intensely contested opening set, both the teams exchanged a break of serve and were guilty of committing an equal number of unforced errors.

Lu and Vesley, however, gave away easy points by committing as many as four double faults, eventually falling short in the tie-breaker.

But Paes and Stepanek dominated the second set, clinching two break points and being distinctly better on their second serve.

The sixth seeds will next take on the winners of the match between 11th-seeded Spanish pair of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez and the Dutch team of Robin Haase and Igor Sisling.

In the junior competition, Ojasvinee Singh entered the second round of qualifiers after beating local favourite Alexandra Sanford 6-3 6-2.


First Published: Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:55

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