Bhupathi-Knowles advance in Miami MastersMarch 30th, 2008 - 5:20 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of Bahamas pulled off a hard-fought win to advance into the pre-quarterfinals of the $3.77 million Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament at Miami, Florida. Bhupathi and Knowles, seeded fourth, came from a set behind to prevail over unseeded Czech pair of Tomas Berdych and Lukas Dlouhy 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 in the super tiebreak Saturday night.
They will next face Igor Andreev of Russia and Xavier Malisse of Belgium, who thrashed Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-0, 6-3 in the opening round.
The other Indian in the fray Leander Paes and his Australian partner Paul Hanley will meet unseeded German-Dutch pair of Christopher Kas and Rogier Wassen in the pre-quarterfinals.
If both Paes and Bhupathi win their next round doubles matches, they will clash against each other in the quarterfinals of the Masters event.
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