US OPEN 2012
Paes/Stepanek, Harrison Brothers Reachs QFs
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek reached the quarter-finals of the US Open on Sunday at Flushing Meadows as they dismissed American/Australian team Jesse Levine and Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-3. The Indian/Czech pairing dropped only eight points on serve and converted four of their six break points for victory in 52 minutes.
Paes and Stepanek joined forces at the start of the season and made an immediate impact with victory at the Australian Open (d. Bryans) in Melbourne. They were also victorious at Sony Open Tennis (d. Mirnyi/Nestor) in Miami.
The 39-year-old Paes is a two-time former champion in New York, partnering Martin Damm to victory in 2006 (d. Bjorkman/Mirnyi) and Lukas Dlouhy in 2009 (d. Bhupathi/Knowles). Stepanek has also reached the final before, finishing runner-up in 2002 with Jiri Novak (l. to Bhupathi/Mirnyi).
They next will face Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek, who surprised third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes. Lindstedt and Tecau came into New York in hot form and suffered just their third loss in their past 24 matches. Knowle and Polasek are playing together for just the second time, following a quarter-final showing at the Winston-Salem Open last week.
American brothers Christian Harrison and Ryan Harrison continued their giant-killing run, ousting No. 14 seeds Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins of Great Britain 6-3, 6-4 in 81 minutes. The Harrisons, who are playing their first tour-level event together, had ousted Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the first round and broke serve three times as they advanced to the quarter-finals.
The Harrisons go onto face ninth seeds Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, who dismissed Russian/South African duo Alex Bogomolov Jr., and Raven Klaasen 6-3, 6-4. Qureshi reached the US Open final two years ago, finishing runner-up with Rohan Bopanna (l. to Bryans).