Paris: India's tennis stars Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna stormed into the quarter-finals of their respective men's doubles events in the French Open in Paris on Sunday.
The 16th-seeded Paes and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski stunned fourth seeds England’s Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) in one hour and 43 minutes in the third round to enter the last-eight stage.
Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea outclassed the United States' Brian Baker and New Zealand's Marcus Daniell 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1 in one hour and 48 minutes in the third round to enter the last-eight stage.
The sixth-seeded Bopanna and Mergea got their match off to a positive start, taking an important 4-2 lead over their opponent and from there on the duo broke Baker-Daniell’s serve twice to win the first set comfortably by a healthy 6-2 margin.
In the second set both the sides displayed their best on the court, winning each game to make it a 6-6 and take the set to a tie-breaker.
Baker-Daniell were the dominant side in the tie-breaker as the duo played sensibly to edge past Bopanna-Mergea 7-4 to win the second set and level things up 1-1.
In third and final set, the sixth-seeded pair broke its opponents twice to take a handy 5-1 lead and from there on served brilliantly to win the last game and the set 6-1.
Later on 16th seeded pair of Paes and Matkowski gave a tough fight to their opponents but Murray-Soares held their nerves to make it a 6-6 and forced the set to go into a tie-breaker.
But the first set tie-breaker also saw a close encounter which was eventually won by Paes-Matkowski 7-5 to take a vital 1-0 lead in the tie.
The second set also saw a nail-biting clash between the two sides as both the 16th and fourth seeds didn’t kept winning individual serves to take the set to 6-6 and force yet another tie-breaker.
The Indian and his Polish partner eventually won the tie-breaker 7-4 to storm into the quarter-finals.