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Leander & Horia advance

Bangkok: Leander Paes and Horia Tecau overcame a stiff resistance from the Dutch pair of Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer to progress to the quarter finals of the Thailand Open, here on Tuesday.

The top seeded Indo-Japanese pair recorded a hard-fought 6-4 7-5 win over their unseeded rivals in one hour and 23 minutes in the opening round of the $551,000 hard court tournament.

They next face Serbian Janko Tipsarevic and Alexander Waske of Germany.

Saving a breakpoint and converting one on the rivals’ serve put the top-seeded pair ahead.

The second set was also a close affair as Paes and Tecau dropped their serve once but negated that by breaking the opponents twice.

In the singles, Gael Monfils’ fine return from injury extended to the second round after he beat South African qualifier Kevin Anderson 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 on Wednesday.

Monfils came back last week from nearly four months out with a right knee injury and reached the semi-finals in Metz in his French homeland. On Wednesday, he blew a 3-1 lead in the third set, Anderson went ahead 5-4, but Monfils won the last three games to move on. “I didn’t play big tennis, just good enough to win. That’s the good thing,” Monfils said. “I need more time to be good and confident.”