Leander Paes celebrates 40th birthday with a win

Indian tennis legend Leander Paes celebrated his 40th birthday with a victory in first round of the men's doubles event at the Aegon International.

Seeded third, Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek advanced to the quarterfinals after posting a 5-7 7-6(5) 10-6 win in one hour and 35 minutes over Croat-Brazilian duo of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo on the grass courts of Devonshire Park last night.

After losing the close first set, the Indo-Czech pairing fought back to win the second in the tiebreaker and dominated the super tiebreak to make the last-eight clash.

The third seeds converted three of the five break points they got in the match.

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