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Paes, Bhupathi get through tough openers

india Updated: Mar 30, 2010 00:07 IST

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India's Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi advanced with their partners to the second round of the men's doubles event at the Sony Ericsson Open here.

Third seeds Paes and Lukas Dlouhy of Czech Republic overcame a second set fightback from Britain's Ross Hutchins and Jorden Kerr of Australia before winning 6-4, 7-6(4) here Sunday. `

The Indo-Czech pair now play Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci and Spaniard Marc Lopez who rallied to beat Germany's Christopher Kas and Dick Norman of Belgium 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Fourth seeds Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi of Belarus got the better of Australian Stephen Huss and Wesley Moodie of South Africa 6-4, 7-5.

Bhupathi and Mirnyi now play Americans John Isner and Sam Querry who pulled off a fighting 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 win over Swede Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands Antilles.

Nadal beats Nalbandian

Rafael Nadal joined Roger Federer as a seeded survivor at the upset-plagued Miami Masters as the Spaniard defeated David Nalbandian 6-7 (8/10), 6-2, 6-2 Sunday for a fourth-round berth.

Top seed Federer and number four Nadal are all that are left of the top four seeds after exits by number two Novak Djokovic and number three Andy Murray in the second round.

American sixth seed Andy Roddick kept the home crowd happy with his 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine, while resurgent Spanish veteran Juan Carlos Ferrero eliminated John Isner of the United States 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Nadal’s next opponent will be 15th seeded compatriot David Ferrer, who tamed the huge serve of Ivo Karlovic - only ten aces for the Croatian - 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.