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US Open: Paes-Stepanek move into 2nd round

August 30, 2014 14:03 IST

Leander Paes (R) of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during their men's doubles match

Leander Paes (R) of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during their men's doubles match. Photograph: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and doubles partner Czech Radek Stepanek entered the US Open men's doubles pre-quarterfinals with a straight-set victory in the second round in New York.

The sixth seeded pair defeated Chinese Taipei's Yen Hsun-Lu and Czech Republic's Jiri Vesley 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a  contest that lasted an hour and 23 minutes.

In the intensely contested opening set, both the teams exchanged a break of serve and were guilty of committing an equal number of unforced errors.

Lu and Vesley gave away easy points by committing as many as four double faults, eventually falling short in the tie-breaker.

But Paes and Stepanek dominated the second set, clinching two break points and being distinctly better on their second serve.

The sixth seeds will next take on the winners of the match between 11th-seeded Spanish pair of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez and the Dutch team of Robin Haase and Igor Sisling.

In the junior competition, Ojasvinee Singh entered the second round of qualifiers after beating local favourite Alexandra Sanford 6-3, 6-2.