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Australian Open: Bopanna, Sharan advance in doubles

January 19, 2018 15:16 IST

IMAGE: Rohan Bopanna, left, with Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Photograph: Jaimi Chisholm/Getty Images

India's Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin stormed into the pre-quarterfinals of the Australian Open after registering a comfortable straight sets victory in the men's doubles, on Friday.

The Indo-French pair faced no problem in dispatching Argentina's Leonardo Mayer and Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in a one-sided clash that lasted an hour and 17 minutes.


10th-seeds Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin made a dominant start to their match, winning 86 percent of their first serve points and smashing 13 winners to wrap up the opening set in just 28 minutes.

The second set was comparatively tougher for the Indo-French pair as they started committing more unforced errors before Roger-Vasselin's backhand winner down the line saw them eventually seal the tie-breaker.

Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin will play seventh-seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the pre-quarters.

Meanwhile, the Indian duo of Divij Sharan and Rajeev Ram bounced back from a set down to make it to the last-16 of the men's doubles event.

Sharan and Ram got better off Italy's Fabio Fognini and Spain's Marcel Granollers 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in a tough second round that lasted for one hour and 10 minutes.

The Indian pair will next play the winners of Lukasz Kubot-Marcelo Melo and Max Purcell-Luke Saville in the next round.

Source: ANI