Australian Open: Bopanna-Qureshi move into Rd 3
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Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011, 15:37
  
Melbourne: India's Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan entered the third round of men's doubles in Australian Open after a hard-fought three-set 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over the Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Arnaud Clement.

The "Indo-Pak Express", who had an easy outing yesterday during their first round match against Brazilian pair of Franco Ferreiro and Andre Sa, faced a tough challenge from the French duo.

The 10th-seeded Asian duo scored just one break point in the first set to bag it 6-3, but the pair lost the momemtum in the next set, even as their opponents cashed in on their chances to return the favour 4-6.

The final and the deciding set saw both the doubles teams fight it hard to reign supreme but it was Bopanna-Qureshi who finally managed to prevail with a 6-4 win to seal the match in little over one and a half hours.

Bopanna-Qureshi, runners-up of last year's US Open, will next play France's Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimmonjic of Serbia.

Meanwhile, the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi will face Spain's Feliciano Lopez and Juan Monaco of Argentina in their second round match tomorrow.

PTI


First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 15:37


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