Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are on course for their maiden Australian Open title together as they advanced to the semifinals after a hard-fought victory over the combine of Michael Llodra of France and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.

The third-seeded Indian pair, who teamed up together after nine years in a bid to add the only Grand Slam title missing in their cupboard, needed 91 minutes to beat Llodra and Zimonjic 6-4, 6-4 in a quarterfinal match at Melbourne Park.

Paes and Bhupathi kept their mistakes to the minimum while their eight-seeded opponents committed 13 unforced errors. The Indian duo had just five unforced errors which made a difference in the tie.

The Indians won more points from rallies as they found their opponents better in service. Llodra and Zimonjic had nine aces serving at fast speed while Paes and Bhupathi had just two.

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