Wimbledon 2014: Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek Reach Men's Doubles Semifinals After Great Fightback

Updated: 03 July 2014 23:45 IST

Fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek will next face either the second-seeded Austrian-Brazilian combination of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares or the unseeded big-serving Canadian-US pair of Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in the semifinals.

Wimbledon 2014: Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek Reach Men's Doubles Semifinals After Great Fightback
India's Leander Paes (R) and Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek celebrate winning a set against Canada's Daniel Nestor and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic during their men's doubles quarter-final match on day ten of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 3, 2014. © AFP

Fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek scripted a great comeback to enter the men's doubles semifinals at Wimbledon on Thursday when they beat the third-seeded Canadian-Serbian pair of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. (Detailed score)

The Indo-Czech pair of Paes and Stepanek found it hard to hold serve in the first set and were broken twice as they lost 6-3 after 34 minutes of play. However, once the second set started, they were back in their groove and kept the pressure on their opponents by racing through their service games. (Also read: Sania Mirza's Wimbledon campaign sees sad end)

The second set went to a tiebreak and Paes-Stepanek once again showed some great fighting skills to come back from a 2-5 deficit and win the tiebreak 7-5.

Last year's US Open champions Paes and Stepanek then exhibited great composure to seal the third set 6-3 in a matter of just 26 minutes. A two sets to one lead meant they were now firmly in the drivers seat as far as the match was concerned.

In the fourth set, Paes and Stepanek took advantage of a crucial break when scores were tied 3-3 to win 6-4, wrapping up the match in their favour after two hours and 35 minutes of exhilarating play.

Paes and Stepanek will next face either the second-seeded Austrian-Brazilian combination of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares or the unseeded big-serving Canadian-US pair of Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in the semifinals.

Topics : Wimbledon 2014 Radek Stepanek Leander Paes Tennis
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