Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek advanced to the US Open men’s doubles’ semifinals after a hard-fought win in the last-eight stage. Also Read: Divij Sharan’s campaign ends
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. Also Read: Bopanna bows out
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. Also Read: Somdev crashes out
But they were stretched quite a bit in the remaining two sets which took almost an hour each to conclude.
In the second set,neither of the two teams conceded a single break point. Even though Qureshi and Rojer committed three double faults but fought hard enough to equalise and keep themselves in the match.
The third set was also closely-contested but Paes-Stepanek converted an all-important break point while Qureshi and Rojer frittered away the only one they got as the Indo-Czech pair sealed the issue.