New York: Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek stormed into the semifinals of the US Open men's doubles event after getting the better of Julian Knowle of Austria and Slovakia's Filip Polasek in straight sets in New York.

The fifth-seeded Indo-Czech combo took just 74 minutes to outplay their opponents 6-2 6-4.

Paes and Stepanek, who had won the Australian Open title earlier this year, dominated from the word go in the quarterfinal match here last night.

Even as the Austrian-Slovak duo failed to earn a single breakpoint, Paes and Stepanek converted two of the five breakpoints to walk away with the match comfortably.

The Indo-Czech pair will next take on the sixth seeded Spanish combo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, who had defeated Bruno Soares of Brazil and Austria's Alexander Peya 6-3 6-4.


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