The match between the Indian and the Spanish pair lasted for one hour and 52 minutes in which fate dwindled like a pendulum. Paes and Bhupathi, aiming for their maiden Australian Open title, won the first set 6-4 in 33 minutes.
The Spanish pair did well to come back in the second set which lasted for a little above 41 minutes. They took the set 6-4, exactly the same margin as the Indians did in the first set. In the end it turned out to be a battle of wits, experience and perseverance, which the Indian Pair had in abundance.
They held on to their own and won the third set but not without a fight from the Spanish pair. Quite remarkably the Indian Pair did a cent percent break-point conversion.
This victory will now let them meet either the Indo-Pak pair of Boppana and Quereshi or the French-Serbian combination of Micheal Lodra and Nenad Zimonjic in the Men's doubles quarter-finals.