Bhupathi & Knowles In Dubai Open Quarters

Bhupathi & Knowles In Dubai Open QuartersThe second seeded Mahesh Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles handed a straight-set mauling to UAE’s Hamoud Abbas and Mahmoud-Naden Al Baloushi.

With this win, the Indo-Bahamian pair has now advanced into the quarter-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championship.

The Bhupathi & Knowles pair were at ease throughout the match and hardly had any trouble to overpower their rivals 6-3, 6-1 in the $2,233,500 event. This was the 50th win for this Indo-Bahamian pair.

ROUNDUP: Djokovic, Murray lead seeded Dubai sweep

 Djokovic, Murray lead seeded Dubai sweepDubai, UAE  - Novak Djokovic survived a fright to join Andy Murry with a win into the quarter-finals of the Barclays Championships on Wednesday as he overcame determined Czech Jan Hernych 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

The challenger, who won just four matches on the ATP last season, gave the top seed a battle before Djokovic pulled through.

"He put up a great fight and had nothing to lose. You can't always perform at your best but it's important to stay focussed. I was able to do that tonight," said the winner.

1ST LEAD: Murray muddles through on bum ankle to rehash reach

Murray muddles through on bum ankle to rehash reachDubai, UAE  - Confident Andy Murray used his growing body of experience to best advantage, improving his serve on Wednesday to win his first march over Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-3 and reach the quarter- finals of the Barclays Championships.

The Scots second seed came good over the veteran to set up a clash with a second Frenchman Thursday in Richard Gasquet.

Ram appearance a non-issue as Israeli loses in Dubai doubles

Ram appearance a non-issue as Israeli loses in Dubai doublesDubai, UAE - Israeli Andy Ram was bundled out in his opening doubles match at the Barclays Championships on Wednesday, leaving organisers to stand down on intense, airport style security erected around the controversial Israeli.

The fourth-seeded Ram and Kevin Ullyett, losing finalists at the weekend in Marseille, were beaten by Marat Safin and David Ferrer 6- 3, 3-6, 10-8 in the first round.

In singles play, three seeds reached the quarter-finals, led by number 3 Frenchman Gilles Simon, who beat Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-1, 6-2.

ROUNDUP: Djokovic leads seeds into second round in Dubai

Novak DjokovicDubai, UAE  - Novak Djokovic led seeds into the second round of the B

Croatians split the difference thanks to Cilic win

Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships LogoDubai, UAE - Croatian seeds split the difference on Monday's opening day at the Barclays Championships, with Marin Cilic fighting back as Ivo Karlovic crashed out to a qualifier.

Cilic, seeded fifth, met up with Serbian Janko Tipsarevic and handed his familiar rival a third defeat over seven weeks in their series, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli began putting in a bid for a place on next week's Swiss Davis Cup team to face the US.