Australian Open tennis: Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan lose in men’s doubles


India’s challenge in the men’s doubles at the Australian Open came to an end after Rohan Bopanna and his partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin suffered a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 3-6 loss to seventh seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the third round.

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India’s Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan lost their respective men’s doubles third round matches in the Australian Open tennis tournament on Monday.

Combining with Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, Bopanna lost to Oliver Marach of Austria and Croatia’s Mate Pavic 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 at the Melbourne Park.

The match lasted a little over two hours and saw the Indo-French duo convert one out of two break points, while their opponents converted three out of 12 break points.

Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin had two aces compared to their opponents’ seven.

In an earlier match, the duo of Sharan and Rajeev Ram from the USA suffered a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 defeat at the hands of Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Brazil’s world number one Marcelo Melo.

While Sharan and Ram converted two out of six break points, Lukasz and his partner converted two out of four break points. The third round match lasted two hours and 12 minutes.

India’s hopes at the Australian Open now rest in the mixed doubles draw with sole representation by Rohan Bopanna.

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