Australian Open 2018: India's Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna advance in doubles with contrasting wins
Divij Sharan equalled his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the men's doubles third round, while Rohan Bopanna also entered the pre-quarterfinals with his partner on Friday.
Melbourne: Divij Sharan equalled his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the men's doubles third round at the Australian Open, while Rohan Bopanna also entered the pre-quarterfinals with his partner on Friday.
Sharan and American Rajiv Ram faced stiff resistance from Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers before winning 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the second round which lasted for two hours and eight minutes.
The left-handed Sharan's serve came under pressure in the tight second set but he was excellent at the net, producing some quality volleys.
Last year Sharan had made the third round at the French Open with Purav Raja.
He had also reached the US Open third round in 2013.
Also making progress was the 10th seeded Indo-French team of Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who knocked out Portugal's Joao Sousa and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-2, 7-6 (3).
They are now up against seventh seeds Mate Pavic of Croatia and Austria's Oliver Marach who edged out Artem Sitak and Wesley Koolhof 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4.
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.
French Open 2018: India's Yuki Bhambri-Divij Sharan enter men's doubles 2nd round with win over Fabrice Martin-Purav Raja
The Indian pair of Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan advanced to the men's doubles second round of the French Open after blunting the challenge of Fabrice Martin and Purav Raja.
Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin crashed out of the Wimbledon Championships after they retired mid-way from their second round contest against Frederik Nielsen and Joe Salisbury