Paris: India`s campaign came to an end in the men`s doubles event of the French Open when Leander Paes and his Austrian partner Jurgen Melzer crashed out in the second round here on Saturday.
Seeded ninth, Paes and Melzer fought hard before going down 7-5 4-6 6-7(6) against unseeded Uruguan-Argentine duo of Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos in little less than two-and-a-half hours at the Roland Garros.
Cuevas and Zebalos will face sixth seeded Pakistani-Dutch combination of Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer in the pre-quarterfinals. Qureshi and Roger beat Slovakian pair of Aljaz Bedene and Grega Zemlja 7-5 6-1 in their second round encounter.
The other Indians in the fray, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, who were seeded fourth, were shown the door in the opening round by Polish pair of Tomasz Bednarek and Jerzy Janowicz.
Bhupathi and Bopanna were no match for their unseeded opponents, losing their tournament opener in straight sets 5-7 4-6.
First Published: Saturday, June 01, 2013, 20:17