Leander Paes-Andre Begemann progress to semis after knocking out top seeds in Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem: Indian tennis icon Leander Paes and his German partner Andre Begemann knocked out top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Nenad Zimonjic in straight sets to storm into the semi-finals of the ATP Winston-Salem Open.
The unseeded Indo-German pair upset the Poland-Serbian combo 6-4 6-4 in their quarter-final that lasted one hour and 16 minutes.
With this win, Paes now has a chance to play his first final of the season on ATP Tour. The 43-year-old legend, who has played a number of Challenger level tournaments this season, has seen his ranking plummet to 72.
He won two titles — Biella (Italy) and Busan (Korea) — on the Challenger circuit.
Before this, reaching the semi-finals of the Delray Beach Open with Jeremy Chardy was Paes' best show this season. They had lost to Mike and Bob Bryan.
It was a sort of revenge win for Paes, who had lost to the Polish duo of Kubot and Marcin Matkowski in the Rio Olympics first round along with compatriot Roahn Bopanna.
Paes and Begemann now face third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, who got past Marin Draganja and Dominic Inglot 7-6(12) 6-7(4) 10-8 in their close quarter-final match.
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