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Paire To Face Granollers In Chennai QFs

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Paire© Aircel Chennai OpenBenoit Paire in action on Thursday night at the Aircel Chennai Open.

Fourth seed Benoit Paire and sixth seed Marcel Granollers recorded straight sets wins on Thursday at the Aircel Chennai Open. The pair will meet in the quarter-finals.

Paire started his 2014 ATP World Tour season with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for improve to 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Paire hit five aces and saved 11 of the 12 break points he faced.

Granollers, who is competing in Chennai for the first time in four years, beat local qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2, 6-4 for a quarter-final berth. Ramanathan won three straight game from 1-4 in the second set, but had his serve broken to 30 in the ninth game.

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Vasek Pospisil will play Yuki Bhambri in the quarter-finals. It will be their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

World No. 32 Pospisil advanced by walkover when his quarter-final opponent, Yen-Hsun Lu, pulled out ahead of their clash with a right quadriceps injury.

Bhambri was leading Fabio Fognini 6-1, 5-5, when the third seed retired after 66 minutes of play with a left quadriceps injury.

Somdev Devvarman is the only other Indian to have reached the quarter-final in Chennai, when he made a surprise run to the 2009 final.

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Indo-Pak Express Upset
The wild card duo of Russian Karen Khachanov and Indian Saketh Myneni upset top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 7-5, 2-6, 12-10. 'The Indo-Pak Express' last played together at the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and have reunited for the 2014 season. 

Fourth seeds Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen knocked out Purav Raja and Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-4 in 64 minutes to reach the semi-finals.

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