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Paes-Damm knocked out of Open
August 31, 2007 00:28 IST
Defending champions Leander Paes [Images] and Martin Damm were knocked out of the US Open while Mahesh Bhupathi [Images] and Nenad Zimonjic followed their New Haven triumph with an easy first round victory on Thursday.
Fourth seeds Paes-Damm went down 7-6 (1), 3-6, 4-6 to Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in the opening round.
Meanwhile, Paes' former partner and 10-times Grand Slam champion Mahesh Bhupathi continued a successful summer after starting the year on a low.
Bhupathi-Zimonjic, who won the Pilot Pen tennis Championship last week, disposed the Russian pair of Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov [Images] 6-3, 7-5.
The Indo-Serbian duo will face Sam Querrey and Robert Kendrick of America in the second round.