Mahesh Bhupathi






Leander Paes



Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of Bahamas moved into the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon men's doubles with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-0 victory over

Prakash Amritraj and Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi here today. Bhupathi

and Sania Mirza however fell to Leander Paes and Clara Black 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3 later in the day.

This was the second time Bhupathi and Knowles stopped an Indian's run in

men's doubles. They had earlier beaten Somdev Devvarman and Kevin Anerson.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer thrived in 35-degree temperatures to clinch an 11th win in 11 meetings against big-serving Swede Robin Soderling and reach

the quarter-finals. In a repeat of the French Open final Federer won 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5) over the man who dramatically ended Rafael Nadal's Roland Garros reign.

Federer, chasing a sixth Wimbledon title, will be appearing in his 25th Grand

Slam quarter-final where he'll face Croatia's Ivo Karlovic, who has fired 102 aces in three rounds.



Top seed Dinara Safina needed all her battling qualities to beat former

champion Amelie Mauresmo 4-6 6-3 6-4 under the closed Centre Court roof in the fourth round. She will next play unseeded Sabine Lisicki.

Venus and Serena Williams hardly broke sweat in the sizzling Wimbledon heat as they cruised into the quarter-finals.

Venus easily won the first set against former world number one Ana Ivanovic, who retired hurt in floods of tears, as temperatures shot past 30 degrees.

Serena strolled through against Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-1, while fourth

seed Dementieva beat fellow Russian blonde Vesnina 6-1, 6-3 in 70 minutes.
Flu scare

Some staff members at the Wimbledon have reported “flu-like” symptoms but the competition will continue “as normal”, organisers said today.