Paes faces Bhupathi in doubles quarterfinals of Miami Masters

April 2nd, 2008 - 5:37 pm ICT by admin  

Miami, April 2 (DPA) Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal went about restoring order at the Miami Masters tennis tournament as the world top two led the way into the quarter-finals with straight-set wins. Federer polished off Argentine Jose Acasuso for the third time in as many meetings, earning a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 fourth-round victory Tuesday. Nadal advanced over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4 to run his record in that one-way series to an impressive 8-0.

Federer will face off in the last eight, carrying a 13-match win streak against Andy Roddick. One day after revealing his engagement to a New York model, the American staged a comeback to advance over Julien Benneteau of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

India’s Leander Paes, partnering Paul Hanley of Australia, will clash with his compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi, who is pairing with Mark Knowles of Bahamas, were scheduled to clash in the doubles quarter-finals Wednesday.

Both Federer and Nadal are in the hunt for their first titles of the season after slow starts to 2008.

Federer’s early-season battle with the mononucleosis virus has faded to a memory as the Swiss who has stood atop the rankings for 216 weeks starts to again show his best form.

Victory took 74 minutes with Federer, never facing a break point. After a brief struggle in a first set which went into a tiebreak, the favourite seized control.

True to his word all along, Federer is piecing his game back together just as he always said he would. And the 2005-2006 winner is well-placed to make a run at a third.

The steady Swiss said it was really a matter of getting back on tour and playing well.

“I can hardly rate really the Australian Open too much because of what I went through, I can’t even tell how my game really was. Now I feel like I’m playing well. I’m moving well and playing well and serving well. That’s what it comes down to for me,” he said.

Ninth seed James Blake needed six match points to finally put down Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4 while Czech tenth seed Tomas Berdych reached the last 16 over Russia Dmitry Tursunov.

Igor Andreev dismissed Guillermo Canas, who beat Federer in Miami a year ago, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). Serb Janko Tipsarevic upset 11th seed Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Unsettled women’s top seed Justine Henin is fighting to find her usual reservoir of match toughness after a 6-2, 6-0 hammering in the quarter-finals by Serena Williams.

The American who has won seven of the last ten editions in Miami between herself and her sister claimed a rematch of last years final.

Russian third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova prevented an all-Williams meeting with her defeat of sixth seed Venus 6-4, 6-4.


Women’s singles (quarter-finals): Serena Williams, 8, US, def. Justine Henin, 1, Belgium, 6-2, 6-0; Svetlana Kuznetsova, 3, Russia, def. Venus Williams, 6, US, 6-4, 6-4

Men’s singles (fourth round): Roger Federer, 1, Switzerland, def. Jose Acasuso, Argentina, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; Rafael Nadal, 2, Spain, def. Paul-Henri Mathieu, 16, France, 6-4, 6-4; Nikolay Davydenko, 4, Russia, def. Mario Ancic, Croatia, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Andy Roddick, 6, US, def. Julien Benneteau, France, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; James Blake, 9, US, def. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-4; Tomas Berdych, 10, Czech Republic, def. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, 6-2, 6-2; Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, def. Mikhail Youzhny, 11, Russia, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3; Igor Andreev, Russia, def. Guillermo Canas, 15, Argentina, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)

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