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Wimbledon men's doubles: Paes bows out, Bopanna advances

July 06, 2015 22:00 IST

Leander Paes of India and partner Daniel Nestor of Canada during the Gentlemens Doubles at Wimbledon. Photograph: PJulian Finney/Getty Images

It was mixed fortunes for India's Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna in the men's doubles at the Wimbledon on Monday.

While the 15-time major champion, a winner of the men's doubles here in 1999, lost in five sets, his younger compatriot advanced to the next round. 

Both the Indian players albeit had to endure tough matches. 

The 11th seeded Paes and Daniel Nestor made a comeback from two sets down but eventually lost 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6 to Austria's Alexander Peya and Brazilian Bruno Soares in the third round, in a match which lasted two hours, 42 minutes.

Paes' challenge is still alive in the mixed doubles though, where he has reached the second round with Hingis - who happens to partner another Indian (Sania Mirza) in the ladies doubles.

Meanwhile, Bopanna and Florin Mergea faced stiff resistance from Lukasz Kubot from Poland and Max Mirnyi from Belarus in a marathon third round encounter which lasted three hours and 19 minutes.

The ninth seeded Indo-Romanian pair eventually prevailed 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 7-5 (5), 7-6 (8).

In the boys singles, Sumit Nagal crashed out in the opening round, following a 7-5, 2-6, 4-6 defeat to Juan Pablo Ficovich
from Argentina.

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