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Good day for India at Australian Open

Last updated on: January 18, 2018 16:22 IST

India's Rohan Bopanna (left) and France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin talk tactics in their first round men's doubles match against USA's Ryan Harrison and Canada's Vasek Pospisil on day four of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Thursday 

IMAGE: India's Rohan Bopanna (left) and France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin talk tactics in their first round men's doubles match against USA's Ryan Harrison and Canada's Vasek Pospisil on day four of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Thursday. Photograph: Jaimi Chisholm/Getty Images

Veteran Leander Paes and Purav Raja outplayed their opponents to progress to the men's doubles second round at the Australian Open and were joined by Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan with their respective partners.

 

Paes and Raja dispatched the pair of Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 6-3 in their opening round.

They have a tough job at hand as now they are up against fifth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, one of the most consistent teams in the previous season.

Left-handed Divij, who had a great 2017 season, and American Rajeev Ram, seeded 16th, edged out Marius Copil of Romania and Serbia's Viktor Troicki 7-6(5), 6-4 in their opening round.

They will now fight it out with Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers.

Meanwhile, 10th seeds Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger- Vasselin fought off a late charge from Ryan Harrison and Vasek Pospisil to prevail 6-2, 7-6(5).

Bopanna saved a break chance in the sixth game of the second set to remain unbroken, forcing a tie breaker.

Pospisil, who was broken in the sixth game of the opening set, served consecutive double faults in the tie-breaker to hand advantage to Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin.

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