Double bonanza for Leander
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek stormed into the men's doubles final defeating second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. Leander also made it to the last four of mixed doubles with partner Elena Vesnina.sports Updated: Jan 27, 2012 00:26 IST
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek stormed into the men's doubles final defeating second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. Leander also made it to the last four of mixed doubles with partner Elena Vesnina.
Paes and Stepanek shrugged off a poor start to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 against the established Belarusian-Canadian duo of Mirnyi and Nestor. They next face Bryan brothers Mike and Bob of the US in the final. The top seeds beat Swede Robert Lindstedt and Romanian Horia Tecau 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the first semifinal.
Paes has won six Grand Slam doubles titles with different partners but is yet to win here at Melbourne Park.
The 38-year-old veteran, partnering Russia's Vesnina, also got the better of India's Rohan Bopanna and American Lisa Raymond 6-2, 6-2 in 57 minutes.
In the girls' juniors doubles semifinals, India's Rutuja Bhosle and Indonesia's Aldila Sutjiadi lost to Gabrielle Andrews and Taylor Townsend 6-3, 6-1.
Aussie tennis star Bernard Tomic was reportedly locked in a stand-off with police at his Gold Coast home on Thursday after refusing to pull over in his high-powered sports car.
Tomic, 19, who has been granted a special exemption from his provisional licence to drive his BMW M3 to and from tennis training, shut himself in his house after police tried to pull him over.