Paes/Stepanek Fight Back To Reach Wimbledon SFs
by ATP Staff|
Paes and Stepanek recovered from a 2-5 deficit in the second set tie-break. The match lasted two hours and 32 minutes on No. 1 Court at Wimbledon.
“At 2-5 in the tie-break, I am pleased Radek missed the backhand through his legs on the baseline,” Paes told BBC television, “as I was able to challenge the call, which we won. We kept persevering. They were all over us in the first set, but we found a way to come back and win.”
Stepanek admitted, “It is a great effort and we hope to keep winning to reach the final. The crowd was incredible. They got behind us and helped us raise our games.”
Paes won the Wimbledon doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi in 1999. He is competing in the doubles tournament for the 20th time.
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