Melbourne, Jan 22 (IANS): India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek were knocked out of the Australian Open men's doubles with a straight set loss to Michael Llodra and Nicholas Mahut in the quarterfinals at the Melbourne Park Wednesday.
The Indo-Czech pair, who were seeded fifth, went down 2-6, 6-7 to the 13th seeded French duo.
Both Paes and Stepanek were erratic in the first set and committed four double faults. They also made 11 unforced errors while the Frenchmen made six.
Llodra and Mahut will now face the winner of the other semi-final between the pair of Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzny and 14th seeded duo Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt.