Bopanna-Vasselin shock third seeds to enter Wimbledon quarters

Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin toppled third seeded pair of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares to breeze into the men's doubles quarter-finals of the Wimbledon championships, in London on Monday.

The 14th seed Indo-French pair shocked the third seed Austrian-Brazilian combination 6-4 4-6 6-7 (5) 6-2 in two hours and 17 minutes.

They will now fight it out with sixth seeds Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Daniel Nestor of Canada for a place in the semifinals.

Bopanna and his partner saved five of the six break chances they faced while converted three of 12.

Bopanna and his partner saved five of the six break chances they faced while converted three of 12. AFP

Bopanna and his partner saved five of the six break chances they faced while converted three of 12. AFP

The Indian and his new partner fired 18 aces to to six of their rivals.

Bopanna will take field one more time today as he plays mixed doubles second round with Chinese partner Jie Zheng against Robert Farah of Columbia and Darija Jurak of Croatia.

Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner Julian Knowle are also featuring in today's pre-quarterfinals. The eight seeded Indo-Austrian pair is clashing with Canadians Jesse Levine and Vasek Pospisil.

Fourth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek face 15th seed Polish pair of Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski.

Sania Mirza will also play two matches on Monday. In the women's doubles she and Liezel Huber lock horns with Shuko Aoyama of Japan and Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa.

In the mixed doubles, Sania and Romanian Horia Tecau, seeded second, take on German combination of Martin Emmrich and Julia Goerges.

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