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Easy for Mahesh

- Bopanna and Ram in the last-eight stage
Janko Tipsarevic, in Chennai, on Wednesday

Chennai: India’s Rohan Bopanna and India-born American Rajeev Ram progressed with ease into quarter finals of the Chennai Open, here on Wednesday.

The third seeded pair took just an hour to dispose of Lu Yen-Hsun and Go Soeda 6-4, 6-3 and they next face Benoit Paire of France and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the quarter final.

Earlier, in another doubles on the sidecourt, the German duo of Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich defeated the English pair Jaime Delgado and Ken Skupski 7-6 (3), 6-2.

In Centre Court singles matches, second seed Janko Tipservic of Serbia defeated Roger-Vasselin Edouard of France 6-2, 6-3 to make the quarter final, while fourth-seed Stanislas Wawrinka beat Stebe Cedrik Marcel 6-4 6-3.

Later in a late night match, favourites and top seeds Indian Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor of Canada defeated India wild cards duo of Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhian 6-3, 6-0 in just 50 minutes.

Bhupathi, who has won 51 career doubles and won two titles last year, and Nestor went about this task in a businesslike manner in progressing to the quarter finals.

Earlier, Somdev Dev Varman of India and Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine got the better of the Dutch pair of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-3.

In the quarter finals, Bhupathi and Nestor take on Raven Klaasen of Russia and Nicholas Monroe of USA, Somdev and Stakhovsky cross with Ratiwatana brothers of Sanchal and Sonchat.

Indian qualifier Prakash Amritraj’s good run ended when he lost 6-7 (2), 6-3, 4-6 to eighth seed Japanese Go Soeda in the hard-fought second round match.

Playing his fifth match on Wednesday as he played three in the qualifiers, Amritraj lost the gruelling battle after two hours and 29 minutes.

Amritraj made a good comeback in the opening set after dropping his serve in the very first game as he took a 5-3 lead after two breaks. Eventually, the set was stretched to the tie-breaker and Soeda, a semi-finalist here last year, won it comfortably, conceding just two points to him.

However, Prakash came back strong in the second set, raising his game by several notches.

He stroked well and volleyed beautifully.

His double-handed backhand strokes and passing shots stood out. He broke the Japanese twice — third and ninth games — to take the set in 43 minutes.

The third set was fought fiercely but Soeda's experience counted.

After getting a break back in the eight game, Soeda handled crucial points better and Amritraj succumbed to over aggression.

In another match, 23-year-old Slovenian Aljaz Bedene (ranked 86) caused a flutter by upsetting sixth seeded Robin Haase (ranked 56) of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-3.

Trading breaks in the first two games, Bedene broke Haase in the 12th game for the set and then kept up the momentum to finish the match with an eighth game break.

Meanwhile, world No. 6 and top seed Tomas Berdych on Wednesday gave Somdev Dev Varman due respect and said he is “careful” ahead of his second-round match against the Indian on Thursday.

“He is playing at home but I will try to stick to my plan and try my best. I am meeting him for the first time so I will be careful from the first point and stay focused through the match,” Berdych said ahead of the match against Dev Varman, a finalist in 2009.