Paes-Rikl cruise into semis

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The 13th seed pair Leander Paes and David Rikl have cruised into the mens semi-finals of the US Open.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Leander Paes and David Rikl of Czech Republic have advanced to the semifinals in the US Open Tennis Championships in New York. The 13th seeded duo beat Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco of Spain in straight sets 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 to enter the last four. Paes and Rikl will now take on another Spainish pair of Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo for a place in the final. In the quarterfinals, Nadal and Robredo defeated Robbie Koenig of South Africa and Travis Parrott of USA 7-5 7-5. The other semifinal will see third seedes Mark Knowles of Bahamas and Daniel Nestor of Canada taking on the French pair of Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut. Mixed Doubles Paes is also in line for a double triumph having advanced to the mixed doubles semis along with American legend Martina Navratilova. The duo will take on the Australian pair of Alicia Molik and Todd Woodbrige for a place in the title round. In the other semi, top seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Rennae Stubbs of Australia will take on fourth seeds Bob Bryan of USA and Vera Zvonareva of Russia. (PTI)

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