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Bhupathi, Amritraj set up showdown

June 26, 2009 21:52 IST

Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles sealed a pre-quarter-final berth in the men's doubles at Wimbledon after defeating Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 in the second round on Friday.

The fourth-seeded Indo-Bahamian pair wrapped the first set in under half an hour, converting one of the two  reakpoints that came their way.

However, it was not easy going in the second against the unseeded Austrian-German pair as they gave their fancied rivals a run for their money.

Bhupathi and Knowles committed two unforced errors but it was their experience that helped them see off the challenge. 

Despite being two sets down, the unseeded duo put up a spirited display and with both teams findings breaks hard to come by, the third set had to be settled by a tie-breaker.

The setback helped Bhupathi and Knowles wake up from slumber and they grabbed the breakpoint chance to finish off the game in two hours and 41 minutes.

The India-Bahaman duo will meet the Indo-Pak pair of Prakash Amritraj and Aisam Qureshi in the third round.

Amritraj and Qureshi eventually got the better of Rameez Junaid of Australia and Phillip Marx of Germany in a match that lasted four hours, 18 minutes.

The Indo-Pak pair won the opening two sets, dropped the subsequent two but managed to squeeze through in the decider, winning 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-7 (3), 8-6.

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