Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi advanced to the Australian Open 2011 semi-finals after a win against Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic.
The third-seeded Indian pair needed 91 minutes to beat Llodra and Zimonjic 6-4 6-4 in their quarter-final clash at Melbourne Park.
Llodra and Zimonjic had beaten the ‘Indo-Pak Express’ pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the previous round.
Throughout the duo’s competent display, Paes and Bhupathi, who are bidding to win the only Grand Slam title missing from their cabinet, kept mistakes to the minimum while their eighth-seeded opponents committed 13 unforced errors. The Indian duo had just five unforced errors.
The Indians won more points from rallies as they found their opponents better in service. Llodra and Zimonjic had nine aces serving at fast speed while Paes and Bhupathi had just two.
Paes and Bhupathi will now meet the winners of the quarter-final match between the Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski and the second-seeded pairing of Max Mirnyi (Belarus) and Daniel Nestor (Canada).