French Open 2016: Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna coast into third round of men’s doubles

Paris: India's top men's doubles stars Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna won their respective second-round matches in the French Open in Paris on Friday.

Sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea won their second-round men's doubles French Open match, beating French pair Gregoire Barrere and Quentin Halys 6-3, 6-4 in Paris on Friday.

Rohan Bopanna in action at the French Open. Getty Images

Rohan Bopanna in action at the French Open. Getty Images

Sixteenth seeds Leander Paes and Marcin Matkowski later produced another dominating performance to earn a 6-4, 6-3 win in their second-round match against Julian Knowle and Florian Mayer.

Bopanna-Mergea took a big headstart in the first set, jumping to a 4-1 lead. They maintained their dominance to reach 5-2 and were in total control as they claimed the first set 6-3 on Court 6.

The Indo-Romanian pair maintained ascendancy, breaking their opponents' first service game to quickly jump 2-0 up. But they were pegged back with the French pair breaking back immediately to 2-2.

Bopanna-Mergea converted three of the eight break points received in the second set to ultimately claim the second set 6-4.

They won 67 of the total 121 points played, committing seven unforced errors as compared to 2 by their opponents.

But conversion of break points turned crucial as Bopanna-Mergea won four of nine break points opposed to just two of four by Barrere-Halys.

Bopanna-Mergea outclassed Frenchmen Stephane Robert and Alexandre Sidorenko 6-2, 6-2 in the first round.

Later, Paes-Matkowski produced another dominating performance to earn a comfortable victory.

Paes-Matkowski face a break point in their second service game and were promptly broken to trail 1-3 in the first set at Court 14.

The Indo-Polish duo were unable to break back immediately and trailed 2-4 against the Austria-German duo.

But they broke the Austrian-Germans pair's fourth service game to restore parity 4-4.

Paes-Matkowski utilised their experience and remained composed to win the key points to snatch a 6-4 win in the first set.

And they repeated that act in the second set, breaking ahead at a crucial stage of the game to serve out the second set 6-3.

Paes-Matkowski won 63 of the 105 total points played, hit 2 winners to none from their opponents and converted three of the four break points received.


Published Date: May 27, 2016 05:39 pm | Updated Date: May 27, 2016 05:59 pm


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