Paes, Bhupathi advance in Miami Master doubles

Paes, Bhupathi advance in Miami Master doubles

Paes, Bhupathi advance in Miami Master doubles

Third seeds Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy toiled in the middle for nearly one-and-half hours before eking out a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Ross Hutchins and Jordan Kerr.

They now face the unseeded Thomaz Belucci-Marc Lopez pair who struggled to down the Christopher Kas-Dick Norman duo 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi also overcame a tricky test against 2005 Wimbledon champions Stephen Huss and Wesley Moodie before they carved out a 6-4, 7-5 victory in 76 minutes.

The fourth seeded Indo-Belarussian pair now face the John Isnor-Sam Querry duo, who toiled to get past Johan Branstrom and Jean-Jullen Rojer 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 in yet another intense opening round match.