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Chennai Open: Paes-Klaasen stride into final

Chennai: Top seeds Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen eased into the men's doubles final with a clinical win over Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at the Chennai Open tennis tournament yesterday.

Leander Paes
Leander Paes

The Indo-South African duo had little difficulty in beating the Spaniards 6-3, 6-3 on the main court of the SDAT Tennis Stadium.

Paes has already won the Chennai Open six times with Janko Tipsarevic (2012) and Mahesh Bhupathi (2011, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1997).

Not about numbers
Paes-Klaasen await the winner of the second semi-final between Purav Raja-Adil Shamasdin and Yen Hsun Lu-Jonathan Marray which will be played today.

At the post-match on court interview, Paes was expectedly asked about his seventh title here.

“I don’t really worry about the numbers. For me it is another week in Chennai. It is great to be here and another win will be awesome.”

Talking about his partnership with Klaasen, Paes said: “Today was just a little taste of what we can do. Yesterday was a tough match. Really happy to be in the final.”

Chennai Open: Bedene, Wawrinka in semi-finals

Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka survived some anxious against Gilles Muller before proceeding into the men’s singles semifinals at the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament yesterday.

Aljaz Bedene
Aljaz Bedene

Wawrinka, a two-time champion and top seed here, took an hour and 25 minutes to beat eighth seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-2 7-6 (4) on the main court of the SDAT Tennis Stadium.

Meanwhile, qualifier Aljaz Bedene also went through to the semi-finals of the Chennai Open after the 25-year-old Slovenian beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a clash against another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut.

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