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Wimbledon: Paes-Nestor advance; Raja-Martin exit

July 01, 2015 19:32 IST

Dabiel Nestor (left) and Leander PaesLeander Paes and his Canadian partner Dainel Nestor advanced to the second round of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon, beating the Serbian pair of Victor Troicki and Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 after an hour and 42 minutes on Wednesday.

However, Purav Raja and his French partner Fabrice Martin failed to make it to the next round. They went down fighting 1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9) to the 2012 Wimbledon champions, Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielson.

Paes dropped serve at love in the third game, but the Indo-Canadian combination, seeded 11th, broke back immediately and then again at love in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead before holding to take the first set.

After games went with serve, Paes-Nestor broke in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead. They then held to close out the second set 6-4.

However, the third set was close as games went with serve till Paes-Nestor effected the crucial break in the 11th game after saving two break-points in the previous game to close out the match.

Raja-Martin produced a gallant show.

After losing the first two sets they did well to win the third and then saved a match-point in the fourth set tie-break and had a set point but, sadly, could not make the most of it.

Image: Daniel Nestor

Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images