Bangkok: Leander Paes and his Italian partner Daniele Bracciali on Thursday stormed into the semi-finals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok, after defeating Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in a three-set thriller.
The second seeded Indo-Italian duo emerged 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (10-8), 10-8 winners in the quarter-final match that lasted two hour and two minutes.
They play third seeded pair of Jamie Murray of Scotland and John Peers of Australia in the semi-finals.
Milos Raonic of Canada utilised only one of 16 break chances and still overcame Marinko Matosevic of Australia 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-4 to open his account in the Thailand Open.
After a first-round bye, Raonic had to dig deep in a 2 and a half hour match featuring lengthy baseline rallies.
“I created my opportunities but I wasn’t converting any,” he said. “He was playing so well on a lot of break points and a few I didn’t play well. I just kept plugging away and finally broke him (in the third set).”
Gilles Simon of France, the 2009 champion and last year’s runner-up, also reached the quarter finals when he defeated Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-4, 7-5.