Indian Wells: Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi set up a mouth-watering clash against Davis Cup teammate Rohan Bopanna and his partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi after winning their opening round match at the BNP Paribas ATP Masters here.
The third-seeded Indian Express beat Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the $3,645,00 hard-court event. Bopanna and Qureshi defeated American Eric Butorac and Roger Jean-Julien 7-6(4), 6-4 in their opening round to make the last-16 stage.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters both faced tough challenges at Indian Wells, but not enough to prevent the worlds second-ranked players from moving on. Federer beat Igor Andreev of Russia 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) in a second-round match on Sunday, while Clijsters defeated Italys Sara Errani 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in their third round match in the $9 million dollar WTA and ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
At the moment I feel good. I have had a good last six months, and I guess its given me a lot of confidence, said Federer.
Federer has won all four career matches against Andreev, dating back to 2004 when they met in the final of a claycourt tournament in Switzerland. In the tiebreaker Sunday, Federer set up match point by forcing Andreev hit a backhand long then clinched the win when Andreev pounded a forehand into the net.
Federer advances to the third round where he will play Argentinas Juan Ignacio Chela.
Clijsters has won Indian Wells twice in 2005 and 2003. Against Errani she had six aces but also committed 13 double faults in the one hour, 52 minute match. Clijsters next faces French 15th seed Marion Bartoli, who beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-2.
Former world No.1 Andy Roddick got his tournament off on a successful note by beating fellow American James Blake 6-3, 7-5. World number three Novak Djokovic overpowered Andrey Golubev 6-0, 6-4 in the night match. (agencies)