Paes-Stepanek exit Australian Open after quarter-final loss

Melbourne, Jan 22: Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek have been forced to exit the Australian Open after losing their men’s doubles quarterfinals on Wednesday at Melbourne Park.

Paes and Stepanek were beaten 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) at the Margaret Court Arena by French duo Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut in their quarter-final match.

Llodra and Mahut will next meet either Belarussian Max Mirnyi and his Russian partner Mikhail Youzhny or Pole Lukasz Kubot and his Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt in their semi-final draw. (ANI)