Australian Open: Bopanna-Nestor pair advances, Bhupathi-Melzer team crashes out
Mahesh Bhupathi and Jurgen Melzer crashed out of the men’s doubles event of the Australian Open after suffering a straight-set defeat against Argentine team of Diego Schwartzman and Horacio Zeballos.
Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor were tested before making it to the second round even as Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner Jurgen Melzer crashed out of men's doubles event of the Australian Open, here today.
Bopanna and Canada's Nestor, seeded seventh, fought off a spirited challenge from Marcos Baghdatis and Marinko Matosevic 7-6 (2) 7-5 in their opening round in one hour and 46 minutes.
There was not much to differentiate between the two teams as they hit an equal number of aces (10) and committed same number of double faults (5). Bopanna and Nestor won 87 points, only eight more than their rivals.
They will next take on Spaniard Feliciano Lopez and Belarusian Max Mirnyi, who got the better of Australia's James Duckworth and Luke Saville 7-6 (1) 6-7(5) 6-2 in their first round match.
Earlier, Bhupathi and Austrian partner Melzer suffered a 4-6 3-6 defeat against Argentine team of Diego Schwartzman and Horacio Zeballos in only 67 minutes.
Bhupathi continues to struggle in his comeback as he returned to on court action after a nine-month break during which he set up IPTL.
He played his first tournament at Chennai Open where he had lost in the second round with compatriot Saketh Myneni.
Bhupathi and Melzer committed a staggering 27 unforced errors to just nine of their opponents, who served extremely well.
The first set was a close affair with both team holding serve till the ninth game. Bhupathi was terrific at the net, specially with his wristy drop volleys.
The 6 feet 2 inch Zeballos was serving bombs and his service made a big difference to the outcome of the match.
On Melzer's serve, the Austrian and Bhupathi saved the first two but Melzer sent a forehand to net on the third chance and threw his raquet in frustration.
Monfils, the runner-up in Monte Carlo to Rafael Nadal in 2016, was scheduled to face Pablo Andujar in the first round.
The best progression of the week came from the Greek Maria Sakkari who reached the semi-finals in Florida after knocking out Osaka. The 25-year-old Athenian moves up six places to 19th, her highest ranking yet.
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