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Bopanna-Mergea knocked out of Dubai tennis

February 24, 2016 23:11 IST

The Indian challenge at the $2.2 million Dubai Tennis Championships ended with Rohan Bopanna and his partner suffering a shock first round exit in the men's doubles in Dubai on Wednesday.

Rohan Bopanna, right with Florin MergeaSecond seeds Bopanna and Romanian Florin Mergea lost to the unseeded Canadian-Czech pairing of Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-7(6), 4-10 in an hour and 24 minutes on Court No.3 at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre.

Yuki Bhambri and Mahesh Bhupathi had lost their respective opening matches on Tuesday.

The Indo-Romanian pair dominated the first set, winning 29 of the 49 points played. Though the unseeded combine earned three breakpoint chances, they wasted them all.

The Canadian-Czech pair won the next two sets to advance in the tournament.

Image: Rohan Bopanna, right with Florin Mergea

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