Paes-Stepanek cruise into last 4

Jan 26, 2012, 04:38 IST | IANS
India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek are through to the semi-finals of the men's doubles. The Indo-Czech team thrashed the fancied  American-Brazilian pair of Eric Butorac and Bruno Soares 6-4, 7-6(7-4) in a gruelling battle that lasted an hour and 39 minutes.

Leander Paes

Paes and Stepanek will play second seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Canadian Daniel Nestor in the

India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the pre-quarter-finals on Sunday.

Paes, then, along with Russian Elena Vesnina downed unseeded Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Marcin Matkowski of Poland in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to book in spot in the mixed doubles quarter-final.

Indo-American pair of  Rohan Bopanna and  Lisa Raymond. will be Paes and Vesnina's quarter-final opponents today.

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