Australian Open: Mixed day for India as Bopanna-Mergea reach 3rd round, Bhupathi-Muller exit

Melbourne: Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea breezed into the pre-quarterfinals of the Australian Open while Mahesh Bhupathi made a second round exit with partner Gilles Muller on Friday.

Fourth seeded Indo-Romanian team was fluent in their 6-3 6-2 win over Lukas Dlouhy and Jiri Vesely as they saved all the three break chances.

Australian Open: Mixed day for India as Bopanna-Mergea reach 3rd round, Bhupathi-Muller exit

Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea at Australian Open. Getty

They broke the Czech team thrice, racing to the win in just 59 minutes.

Bopanna and Mergea next face next 14th seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi, who beat Brazilians Thomaz Bellucci and Marcelo Demoliner 5-7 7-6(2) 6-4.

Bhupathi's campaign ended with tame 3-6 2-6 defeat against American third seeds Bob and Mike Bryan.

Bhupathi and his partner from Luxembourg could not earn a single break chance in the match which was over in 53 minutes.

Meanwhile, Leander Paes and Martina Hingis' mixed doubles match against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Dominic Inglot from Britain was cancelled due to rain.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jan 22, 2016 21:06:14 IST

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