Bopanna-Qureshi work hard to score first win of 2014 season

New Delhi: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi recorded their first win after re-joining forces as they overcame a spirited challenge from Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau in the first round of the ATP Apia International, here on Tuesday.

The third seeded Indo-Pak pair recorded a hard-fought 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 10-3 win over the unseeded Dutch-Romanian team in one hour and 41 minutes.

They next face Treat Huey from Philippines and Briton Dominic Inglot, who ousted Spaniards Pablo Andujar and David Marrero 6-4 6-3 in their opening round of the USD 511,825 hard court event.

Bopanna and Qureshi had suffered a first round exit at last week`s Chennai Open in their first match of the season.

Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek, seeded second, open their campaign against French pair of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who ended singles runner-up at the Chennai Open.

India`s Somdev Devvarman had failed to qualify for the singles main draw after losing in the second round of the qualifiers.

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