Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek through to Indian Wells quarter-finals

Indian Wells, March 11: India’s Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek marched into the quarterfinals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters tournament with a straight-set win over Jonathan Erlich from Israel and Richard Gasquet from France here Monday.

The Indo-Czech pair, seeded fourth, beat the wildcard entrants 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 16 minutes. Paes and Stepanek converted five of eight break point opportunities and in return gave little away on their own serves, broken just twice in the entire match. In contrast, the wildcard pair gave freebies away, recording six double faults and managed to win just 45 percent of the points on their second serve.

The fourth seeds will next play the winner of the match between Roger Federer-Stanislas Wawrinka and Ernests Gulbis-Milos Raonic.

The Indo-Czech pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek came off a tough opening round when they needed a super tie-breaker to beat the Polish-German team of Jerzy Janowicz and Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(6) 3-6 10-5 in one hour and 38 minutes in their opening round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters tournament.

Leander Paes is the only Indian left in the men’s tournament after sixth seed Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi lost Swiss pair Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.