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Leander Paes defeats arch rival Mahesh Bhupathi

Leander Paes defeats arch rival Mahesh Bhupathi

Leander Paes playing in his 25th ATP season has partnered Mahesh Bhupathi five time previously in the Chennai Open but Day 4 of the Chennai Open saw the two old warhorses of Indian Tennis lock horns in a nail biting quarter-finals clash on Thurday.

Top seeded duo of Leander Paes and South African Rowan Klaasen justified the ratings defeating the Indian wildcard pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Saketh Myneni 1-6, 6-1, 10-7, and qualified for the doubles semi-finals in the ATP Aircel Chennai Open.

The winning duo will take on Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the finals scheduled to take place on friday. The Spaniards overcame Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) and Mate Pavic (Croatia) 6-4, 0-6, 10-4 in their quarter-finals tie.

The Paes-Klaasen combination came from a set down to beat Bhupathi and Myneni in the keenly-contested quarterfinal duel. Paes used all his experience and combined well with Klaasen to forge a comeback in the match. Paes-Klaasen broke Bhupathi and Myneni twice to pocket the second set and take the match into super tie-breaker. In the super tie-breaker, Paes and Klaasen kept their composure to seal the tie in their favour.

It was a great day for the Indians as the Indo-Canadian pair of Purav Raja and Adil Shamasdin booked a place in the last four round. The duo defeated Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and Stanislaus Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 4-6 10-4 in another doubles quarterfinal match earlier in the day.

The results (quarter-finals):

Doubles: 1-Leander Paes (IND)/Raven Klaasen (RSA) bt Mahesh Bhupathi/Saketh Myneni (IND) 1-6, 6-1, 10-7; Purav Raja (IND)/Adil Shamasdin (CAN) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-4; Pablo Carreno Busta/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) bt Ricardas Berankis (LIT)/Mate Pavic (CRO) 6-4, 0-6, 10-4.

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