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Indo-Pak Express Advance In Estoril

ATP World Tour 2011 Season: Week 17

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi© JLSRohan Bopanna (front) and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi won their first round match in Estoril Tuesday.

After losing in the opening round last week at Barcelona, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi got back on track with a 7-6(1), 6-4 victory over Scott Lipsky and Travis Rettenmaier Tuesday at the Estoril Open. Bopanna and Qureshi saved all six break point points they faced and hit nine aces to edge past the Americans.

The Indo-Pak Express enter this week each holding career high rankings; Qureshi is at No. 11 while Bopanna is right behind at No. 12. Lipsky was coming off back-to-back titles; he triumphed in Barcelona last week with Santiago Gonzalez and won the Athens hard-court challenger title with Colin Fleming. Rettenmaier entered the event defending champion’s points from his maiden title victory in Belgrade last year.

Kevin Anderson and Brian Battistone were victorious in a match that went down to the wire, defeating Brits Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray 7-6(3), 5-7, 13-11. The match tie-break was the difference as Anderson and Battistone won two more points in total than their opponents. Battistone is known for playing with a double-handed racquet, as well as his volleyball-like serve.

In his first match back in more than 14 months, German Tommy Haas and partner Radek Stepanek were unable to win their first round doubles match at the BMW Open in Munich, as Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley rallied to swing the match in their favour, 2-6, 6-3, 10-8. In the quarter-finals, Aspelin and Hanley will play Dustin Brown and Michael Kohlmann, who advanced yesterday.

Teymuraz Gabashvili and Rogier Wassen also came back from a set down to upset No. 2 seeds Sergiy Stakhovsky and Mikhail Youzhny, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5. Gabashvili and Wassen face Simone Bolelli and Horacio Zeballos next.

At the Serbia Open in Belgrade, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Albert Montanes defeated Germans Martin Emmrich and Tobias Kamke 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and eight minutes to advance into the quarter-finals.

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