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Paes, Klaasen in doubles semis

Cheni, Jan 8: Top seeds Leander Paes and South African Raven Klaasen fought off a spirited challenge from the Indian duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Saketh Myneni 1–6, 6–1, 10–7, and qualified for the doubles semi–fils in the ATP Aircel Cheni Open here on Thursday.

Paes, in his 25th ATP season, and Klaasen will take on Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia–Lopez, who overcame Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) and Mate Pavic (Croatia) 6–4, 0–6, 10–4. Also reaching the semi–fils were the Indian–Cadian combition of Purav Raja and Adil Shamsdin who overcame Roberto Bautista Agut (France) and Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 7–6 (5), 4–6, 10–4.

The results (quarter–fils):

Doubles: 1–Leander Paes (IND)/Raven Klaasen (RSA) bt Mahesh Bhupathi/Saketh Myneni (IND) 1–6, 6–1, 10–7; Purav Raja (IND)/Adil Shamasdin (CAN) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 7–6(5), 4–6, 10–4; Pablo Carreno Busta/Guillermo Garcia–Lopez (ESP) bt Ricardas Berankis (LIT)/Mate Pavic (CRO) 6–4, 0–6, 10–4. IANS

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