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Paes/Stepanek Fight Back To Reach Wimbledon SFs

Wimbledon, England

Paes, Stepanek© AFP/Getty ImagesLeander Paes and Radek Stepanek celebrate reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek remain on course to capture their third Grand Slam championship doubles crown.

The fifth seeds defeated third seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals.

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.

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“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.

Paes and Stepanek, who won the 2012 Australian Open and 2013 US Open trophies, will now play Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in the semi-finals.

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The unseeded Canadian-American pair converted two of their 17 break point opportunities to beat second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4. Peya and Soares had been looking to reach their third straight final of the grass-court swing, after winning the Queen's Club title and finishing runners-up in Eastbourne.

In the top half of the draw, top seeds and three-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will take on No. 12 seeds Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut in the other semi-final.

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