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Sep 04, 2013 at 10:13am IST

US Open 2013: Leander Paes reaches semi-finals of men's doubles

New York: Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek advanced to the US Open men's doubles' semifinals after a hard-fought win in the last-eight stage here.

The fourth-seeded Indo-Czech pair defeated the fifth seeded combination of Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer 6-1 6-7 (3) 6-4 in a match which lasted more than two and a half hour.

They will now be up against top-seeded American brothers Mike and Bob Bryan, who got the better of the 12th-seeded British pair of Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray 7-6 (7), 6-4 in their quarterfinal match.

US Open 2013: Leander Paes reaches semi-finals of men's doubles

The fourth seeded Indo-Czech pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek won 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 to enter the semi-finals.

Paes and Stepanek started off well and broke their rivals twice, while holding their own serve, to clinch the opening set in just 33 minutes.

But they were stretched quite a bit in the remaining two sets which took almost an hour each to conclude.

In the second set, neither of the two teams conceded a single break point. Even though Qureshi and Rojer committed three double faults but fought hard enough to equalise and keep themselves in the match.

The third set was also closely-contested but Paes-Stepanek converted an all-important break point while Qureshi and Rojer frittered away the only one they got as the Indo-Czech pair sealed the issue.