Paes-Rikl cruise into third round

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Leander Paes and David Rikl advanced to the pre-quarterfinals at the US Open tennis championship in New York.

Paes-Rikl cruise into third round

New York:

Leander Paes and David Rikl advanced to the pre-quarterfinals in the US Open tennis championship in New York. They are now all set for a thrilling showdown with the world's top doubles players and reigning champions Todd Woodbridge and Jonas Bjorkman.Paes and Rikl, seeded 13, snuffed out Yves Allegro of Switzerland and Germany's Michael Kohlmann 6-2 7-6 (5) in the second round match yesterday for the meeting with the record breaking Swedish-Australian duo. Woodbridge, the number two in doubles ranking, this year broke Tom Okker's record for most career titles in the Open era.He and now has 81 titles including 15 Grand Slam crowns. Bjorkman is ranked number one and has seven Grand Slam wins under his belt. The combo has dominated the men's doubles in the last two years, and recorded their second successive Wimbledon win this summer. Mahesh, Lisa win Meanwhile, Mahesh Bhupathi and Lisa Raymond of the US moved into the second round of the mixed doubles after overwhelming Petra Mandula of Hungary and Paul Hanley of Australia 6-4 6-2 in the opening round yesterday. The third seeds will play Australian sensation Alicia Mollick and her compatriot Woodbridge in the second round. Bhupathi is also scheduled to play his second round men's doubles with Max Mirnyi against Rainer Schuettler of Germany and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia later today. (PTI)



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