Paes, Bopanna advance; Bhupathi-Mirnyi upset at French Open

Paris: Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna scored
contrasting wins with their respective partners but Mahesh
Bhupathi made a shock exit along with Max Mirnyi from the
men`s doubles event of the French Open here today.

Defending champions and third seeds Paes and Lukas Dlouhy
of Czech Republic booked a pre-quarterfinal berth with a 6-4
3-6 6-3 win over unseeded pair of Swiss Yves Allegro and
Andreas Beck of Germany.

Paes and Dlouhy were trailing the deciding set 1-3 but
turned around the second round match by winning five games on
the trot.

However, Bhupathi and Mirnyi had disappointment in store
as they lost 4-6 6-7 (4) to Spanish pair of Marc Lopez and
Pere Riba in the second round.

It`s now eight years that Bhupathi had won a men`s
doubles Grand Slam title. He last held a winner`s trophy in
his hands in 2002 when he triumphed at US Open along with

Earlier, Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq
Qureshi scored an easy 6-2 6-3 win over Italian Fabio Fognini
and American Michael Russell.

It took them just 59 minutes to win the first round
contest and will next meet 15th seed and local favourite
Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra.



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