press trust of india
New York, Sep 4
Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek advanced to the U S Open men’s doubles’ semifinals after a hard-fought win in the last-eight stage here.
The fourth-seeded Indo-Czech pair defeated the fifth seeded combination of Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer 6-1 6-7 (3) 6-4 in a match which lasted more than two and a half hour.
They will now be up against top-seeded American brothers Mike and Bob Bryan, who got the better of the 12th-seeded British pair of Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray 7-6 (7), 6-4 in their quarterfinal match.
Paes and Stepanek started off well and broke their rivals twice, while holding their own serve, to clinch the opening set in just 33 minutes. But they were stretched quite a bit in the remaining two sets which took almost an hour each to conclude.