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Paes loses in first round of men's doubles at Wimbledon

July 07, 2017 00:29 IST

Leander Paes

Veteran Leander Paes' 23rd appearance at the Wimbledon Championships ended with a first-round defeat in a gruelling five-setter against Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald, in the men's doubles, on Thursday.

Paes and his partner Adil Shamasdin lost 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7(2), 8-10 in the contest, which lasted one minute short of four hours.

In a long-drawn fifth set, Paes and his Canadian partner lost serve at 8-8 and their rivals grabbed the opportunity to serve out the match in the next game.

Paes and Shamadin have won two Challenger level titles together in the 2017 season.

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