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Lee-Hesh fall in semis

August 19, 2004 23:08 IST
Last Updated: August 20, 2004 02:16 IST


The ace Indian pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi was halted in their stride in the men's doubles in the Olympic tennis tournament in Athens on Thursday.

The fifth seeds were shocked by Germany's unseeded pair of Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler 6-3, 6-3 in the semi-finals after an hour and six minutes at the Olympic Tennis Centre.

The Indians will now face the Croatian pair of Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic in a play-off for the bronze medal match on Friday.

Paes and Bhupathi, the former world number one pair, looked off colour and never threatened the Germans. It was Bhupathi's serve that came under pressure first in the sixth game of the first set. The Germans broke it and went ahead 4-2. It was the first service loss for the Indians in the competition. They dropped serve again in the eighth game when Paes, who began with a double fault, dropped serve and the Germans closed out the set in 34 minutes.

In the second set, games went with serve till Bhupathi was broken in the sixth game. The Germans did not look back after that and served out the set to take the match and earn a berth in the final.

In the other semi-final, Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu of Chile beat the Coatian pair 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the final.


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Number of User Comments: 4




Sub: Some Errors

Your report says the result is 6-3, 6-3 but actual result is 6-2, 6-2


Posted by jayesh





Sub: The Dream Reunion

Oh, No! I can't believe this has happened. We all believed that Lee-Hesh would do it again, and there's no stopping them. I believed it ...


Posted by Sumit





Sub: comment

I think mahesh and his partner liander done a very good job as much as possible.let all of us pray the god that thay might ...


Posted by nagabhairava.vijay





Sub: Thats Doom fr india

Thats lot expected from these two guys...but they failed to fulfil a million Indian,s hope.Its unfortunate really that they couldnt carry on.Anyways go and try ...


Posted by Ashwin




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