Lee-Hesh through to quarters

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Paes and Bhupathi beat Swiss pair of Roger Federer and Yves Allegro to advance to the quarterfinals of the men's doubles tennis at the Olympic Games.

Lee-Hesh through to quarters

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Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi beat Swiss pair of Roger Federer and Yves Allegro to advance to the quarterfinals of the men's doubles tennis at the Olympic Games. There was, however, an injury scare in the game after Leander needed almost 10 minutes of attention for a nosebleed. But the multiple Grand Slam champion quickly recovered from the injury to power the 'Indian Express' to a 6-2 7-6 (9/7) victory in the second round. The defeat meant the end of Olympic medal hopes for Federer who suffered a shock second round exit in the singles to unseeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic earlier in the day. Paes and Bhupathi now play fourth seeds Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe in the last-eight round. Weak link The fifth seeded Indians targetted Yves Allegro who proved to be the weak link in the Swiss camp. They broke him in the third game to go 2-1 up before Paes was forced to call the trainer. But once Paes, who was laid down by a brain lesion and was forced out of action for six months last year, recovered from the set back, the duo broke Allegro once more to power their way in the second set. The second half of the match, however, proved to be tougher for the Indians as Allegro tightened his serve and Federer began to dominate. In fact, Paes and Bhupathi were forced to save two break points in the second game on the latter's serve. The Swiss led for the first time in the match when they went up 2-1 and the Indians were always trailing. Under pressure Paes' serve to stay in the set came under pressure at 15-40, but the former world number one doubles pair held their nerves to hold serve and push it into tie-breaker. Into the tie-breaker they were again 1-3 down, but once again pounced on Allegro's serve to level it 3-3. They went up 6-4 on Bhupathi's serve for two match points but the Bangalorean committed his first double fault to fritter it away. On 8-7, however, Bhupathi produced his trademark service return winner to deliver the knockout punch. (With PTI inputs)

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