AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Paes/Stepanek Reach Quarter-finals
by ATP Staff|
Fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek reached the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday as they defeated Yuki Bhambri and Michael Venus 6-3, 6-2 on Hisense Arena. The Indian/Czech duo hit 25 winners and broke serve three times as they clinched victory in 65 minutes.
Paes and Stepanek are looking to win the Australian Open title for the second time, following victory in 2012 (d. Bryans). They added a second Grand Slam championship to their collection at last year’s US Open with victory over Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares and will battle 13th seeds Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut next. The Frenchmen, finalists at Roland Garros last year, knocked out the second-seeded Peya and Soares 7-6,(4) 6-4.
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Meanwhile, the 12th-seeded duo of Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot upset last week's Sydney finalists and No. 7 seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 7-6(1) in the top half of the draw. The Filipino-British tandem fired 35 winners, including 10 aces, setting up a potential quarter-final duel with top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
The win sends Huey and Inglot to their second Grand Slam quarter-final together, having advanced as far at last year’s US Open. They won the Swiss Indoors Basel crown in October.
Unseeded Australian wild cards Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington claimed their second consecutive Spanish scalp, defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 7-5 in just under two and a half hours. Bolt and Whittington advance to their first quarter-final in their first tour-level event together, a day removed from stunning No. 3 seeds and reigning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champs David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco in the second round. They teamed up for six titles on the Futures circuit from 2011-2013.