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Leander, Radek go down

Melbourne: Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek were knocked out of the Australian Open men’s doubles competition after going down in straight sets in the quarter final here on Wednesday.

Paes and Stepanek, seeded fifth in the event, were downed 2-6, 6-7 (4) by the 13th-seeded French combination of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut.

The contest, which lasted a little less than and one and half hour, was quite lopsided with Llodra and Mahut imposing themselves with a powerful first serve.

Their dominant service game meant that Llodra and Mahut did not concede a single break point through the match.

The opening set was quite literally a stroll for the French pair as it broke Paes and Stepanek twice to pocket the initiative in just 29 minutes.

In mixed doubles quarter finals, Rohan Bopanna and his Slovenian partner Katarina Srebotnik lost to the Australian pair of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden 7-5, 6-3.