Melbourne, Jan 20 (PTI) Indian tennis duo of Leander Paesand Mahesh Bhupathi entered the second round of the men''sdoubles in Australian Open after they rallied from a setdown to beat Ivo Karlovic and Dusan Vemica 5-7 6-3 6-0, heretoday.
In another match, India''s Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan''sAisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi outplayed the Brazilian pair of FrancoFerreiro and Andre Sa 6-3 6-0 to advance to the next round.
For the "Indian Express" duo of Paes and Bhupathi, thisis their first victory together at Grand Slam after a nine-year gap.The third-seeded pair, who teamed up together afteralmost a decade in a bid to add the only Grand Slam titlemissing in their cupboard, faced a scare in the first set ofthe opening round as they went down 5-7.
However, the Indian doubles specialists did not wastemuch time to get into the groove in the second, running awayto a 6-3 win.
The last set saw Lee-Hesh toying with the Croat-Serbianpair before they wrapped it up 6-0 to cross the first hurdleat the year''s first Grand Slam, in a contest that lasted overone and a half hours.
Paes and Bhupathi had last played in a Grand Slam inAustralian Open 2002. And in all these years till 2011 theyjust paired together to represent the country in the DavisCup, the Asian Games and the Olympics.
Paes-Bhupathi will meet the winner of the match betweenSpain''s Feliciano Lopez and Juan Monaco of Argentina and theAustralian pair of Marinko Matosevic and John Millman in thesecond round.
Meanwhile, "Indo-Pak Express", the runners-up of lastyear''s U S Open, had a very easy outing today.
The 10th-seeded pair hardly spared a chance for itsunseeded opponents to pose any threat, as they breezed awayto seal the match in their favour in just 49 minutes.
Bopanna-Qureshi will next play Frenchmen Jeremy Chardyand Arnaud Clement.