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Bhupathi-Knowles enter second round

August 20, 2008 10:44 IST

India's Mahesh Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles cruised into the second round of US $ 708,000 Pilot Pen tennis tournament on Tuesday with a straight sets win in the opening round in New Haven.

The second seeded Indo-Bahamian pair got the better of French duo of Marc Gicquel and Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 14 minutes.

Bhupathi-Knowles saved two breakpoints and converted two on their opponent's serve to pocket the first set.

In the second set, they dropped their serve once but converted two of the three chances they got to script a convincing win.

They next play the American-Slovakian pair of James Cerretani and Filip Polasek, who defeated the American pair of Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky 6-2, 6-4 in their opening match. 

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