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Wimbledon 2017: Purav Raja, Divij Sharan, Rohan Bopanna knocked out of men's doubles

London: Purav Raja and Divij Sharan turned it around amazingly after losing the first two sets but eventually fell short in an energy-sapping five setter, shortly after Rohan Bopanna also lost his men's doubles second round at the Wimbledon championships on Friday.

India's Purav Raja (L) and Divij Sharan (R) touch hands between points during their men's doubles first round match against Britain's Kyle Edmund and Brazil's Joao Sousa on the third day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

India's Purav Raja (L) and Divij Sharan (R) in action during Wimbledon. AFP

Raja and Sharan had a match point at 6-5 in the deciding fifth set but could not convert and ended up with a 3-6 4-6 6-4 7-6(6) 8-10 defeat against seventh seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in the second round.

The gruelling match lasted three hours and thirty minutes on court 6.

Rohan Bopanna's campaign also ended after he and Edouard Roger-Vasselin suffered a 6-7(6) 3-6 7-6(5) 3-6 defeat against Ken and Neal Skupski from Great Britain in a contest that lasted two hours and 28 minutes

With Friday's results, India's challenge has ended in the men's doubles since veteran Leander Paes and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan have already exited after losing their respective first round matches.

However, Raja, Sharan, Paes and Bopanna are still in hunt in the mixed doubles event with their respective partners.

Published Date: Jul 08, 2017 02:23 AM | Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 02:23 AM

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