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Mixed fortunes for Paes at Roland Garros

Last updated on: June 01, 2010 22:40 IST

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Leander Paes at the French Open in Paris on Tuesday.

Defending champions Paes and Lukas Dlouhy remained on course for a second successive French Open title by advancing to the semi-finals of the men's doubles with a straight-set win.

The third-seeded Indo-Czech pair defeated eighth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-1, 6-3.

Paes and Dlouhy will now take on the 10th seeded Austrian-Israeli pair of Julian Knowle and Andy Ram, who beat the Brazilian duo of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-0 in another quarter-final.

The Brazilian duo had upset top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan 6-3, 7-6 in the second round.

However, the Indian along with Zimbabwean partner Cara Black were beaten in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.

The duo, seeded second, lost 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-7 to the Kazakhstan-Austrian combine of Yaroslava Shvedova and Julian Knowle.

In the men's doubles match that lasted barely an hour, Paes and Dlouhy blew away their rivals in the opening set. The Indo-Czech pair converted all the three break points they earned to wrap up the opener in just 23 minutes.

The favourites wavered a bit in the second set, conceding five double faults, but with a 100 per cent break-point conversion, sealed it in 35 minutes.

Paes is the lone Indian left in the tournament.

Mahesh Bhupathi, along with his Belarussian partner Max Mirnyi, had exited in the second round.

The fifth seeded duo lost to the Spanish duo of Marc Lopez and Pere Riba in straight sets.

Also, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi's doubles campaign was cut short in the second round by a straight-set defeat against local pair of Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra.

The unseeded Indo-Pak pair lost the men's doubles clash 5-7, 3-6 to the 15th seed local favourites.

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