India’s tennis star Leander Paes stormed into the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles events in the French Open in Paris on Sunday.
The 16th-seeded Paes and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski stunned fourth seeds England’s Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) in one hour and 43 minutes in the third round to enter the last eight stage.
The 16th seeded pairing of Paes and Matkowski gave a tough fight to their opponents but Murray-Soares held their nerves to make it 6-6 and forced the set to go into a tie-breaker.
But the first set tie-breaker also saw a close encounter which was eventually won by Paes-Matkowski 7-5 to take a vital 1-0 lead in the tie.
The second set also saw a nail-biting clash between the two sides as both the 16th and fourth seeds didn’t kept winning individual serves to take the set to 6-6 and force yet another tie-breaker.
The Indian and his Polish partner eventually won the tie-breaker 7-4 to storm into the quarter-finals.