Australian Open 2018: Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna And Partners Progress To Round 2

Updated: 18 January 2018 14:30 IST

Paes and Raja dispatched the pair of Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2 6-3 in their opening round.

Australian Open 2018: Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna And Partners Progress To Round 2
India's Leander Paes celebrates after winning a point in this file image © AFP

Leander Paes and Purav Raja outclassed their opponents to progress to the men's doubles second round at the Australian Open and were joined by Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan with their respective partners. Paes and Raja dispatched the pair of Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2 6-3 in their opening round. They have a tough job at hand as now they are up against fifth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, one of the most consistent teams in the previous season.

Left-handed Divij, who had a great 2017 season, and American Rajeev Ram, seeded 16th, edged out Marius Copil of Romania and Serbia's Viktor Troicki 7-6(5) 6-4 in their opening round. They will now fight it out with Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers.

Meanwhile, 10th seeds Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger- Vasselin fought off a late charge from Ryan Harrison and Vasek Pospisil to prevail 6-2 7-6(5). Bopanna saved a break chance in the sixth game of the second set to remain unbroken, forcing a tie breaker. Pospisil, who was broken in the sixth game of the opening set, served consecutive double faults in the tie-breaker to hand advantage to Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin.

(With PTI Inputs)

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Highlights
  • Leander Paes and Purav Raja outclassed their opponents in men's doubles
  • Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan also progressed
  • Paes and Raja dispatched the pair of Basilashvili-Haider-Maurer 6-2 6-3
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