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Paes-Dlouhy enter semis

sports Updated: Oct 03, 2008 23:38 IST
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The top-seeded pair of Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy advanced to the semifinals of the $869000 Japan Open in Tokyo on Friday.

The Indo-Czech pair overcame a late challenge from Philipp Petzschner of Germany and Alexander Peya of Austria 6-2, 7-6(4) in the quarterfinals of the hard court event.

The Thailand Open winners next face Robert Kendrick of America and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in the last-four stage. Paes and Dlouhy broke their rivals twice and saved two breakpoints on their own serve to run away with the first set. The second set saw a furious fight in which both the teams got one break each and ultimately the top seeded pair held their nerves in the tie-breaker to seal the issue in their favour.