Paes-Dlouhy pair in Dubai Championship quarter-finals

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DUBAI: Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy advanced to the men’s doubles quarter-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships with a straight-set win in their opening round match.

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Second seeds Paes and Dlouhy overcame the Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-6 (7), 6-3 in their opening round of the $1,619,500 hard court event.

They will take on the winners of the match between the Indo-Pakistani pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Robert Lidstedt.

Earlier, Mahesh Bhupathi and his Belarussian Max Mirnyi, seeded third, beat M Al Baloushi of UAE and Abdullah Magdas of Kuwait 7-5, 6-0 in their first round match to enter the quarter-finals.

They will meet the winners of the first round match between the Serbian duo Novak Djokovic and Dusan Vemic and Paul Hanley of Australia and Simon Aspelin of Sweden.

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Somdev Devvarman is also in the the singles competition and he is up against Marcno Chiudinelli of Switzerland.

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