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Paes-Damm sail into US Open semis

The Indo-Czech pair beat Russian-Czech duo Youzhny-Friedl in quarters.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 19:56 IST

Leander Paes, partnering Czech's Martin Damm, cruised into the semi-finals of the men's doubles at the US Open.

The sixth seed Indo-Czech pair registered a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over Czech Leos Friedl and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

In the third round on Tuesday, Paes and Damm defeated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland and Graydon Oliver of the United States 6-4, 6-2 to book a quarterfinal berth.

Paes bowed out of the mixed doubles onSep 1. Paes and his Australian partner Samantha Stosur, seeded third, suffered a first round defeat to the unseeded Belarussian pair of Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka.

First Published: Sep 08, 2006 11:48 IST