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Highlights, Australian Open 2018, mixed doubles final: Rohan Bopanna-Timea Babos lose thriller to Mate Pavic-Gabriela Dabrowski

Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos face Gabriela Dabrwoski-Mate Pavic in the mixed doubles final of Australian Open. Follow our live blog for scores and updates.

Nikhila Makker January 28, 2018 10:20:12 IST
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Highlights, Australian Open 2018, mixed doubles final: Rohan Bopanna-Timea Babos lose thriller to Mate Pavic-Gabriela Dabrowski

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Jan 28, 2018 - 12:03 (IST)

We bid aideu for now. Thank you so much for following along our coverage of the mixed doubles

A reminder -- Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic starts at 2 pm. 

We'll be back to bring you scores and updates from the final match of Australian Open 2018. 

Jan 28, 2018 - 12:02 (IST)

Not the result that Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos would have wanted but they had a great run to the final.

Here's hoping they get more opportunities in the future. 

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:53 (IST)

Two trophies for Mate Pavic this fortnight -- the men's doubles title and the mixed doubles title.

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:52 (IST)

Here's the celebration from the winning team 

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:50 (IST)

Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski win the mixed doubles title 2-6, 6-4, 11-9

Tough loss for 5th seeds Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos. 

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:49 (IST)

Mate Pavic and Gabriele Dabrowski win the match tie-break 11-9.

Pavic serves another ace. It's CHAMPIONSHIP POINT for the Canadian-Croat pair now.

Dabrowski then hits a return winner on Babos' serve! 

Dabrowski and Pavic win the mixed doubles title.

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:45 (IST)

9-9. Players change ends!

The match tie-break stays on serve and we are at 8-7 with two Bopanna serves coming up.

Babos produces an excellent smash and it's 8-8.

Bopanna hits a solid serve and follows that up with a forehand winner down the line. 9-8. CHAMPIONSHIP POINT. 

Pavic saves match point with an ace. 9-9. 

Now the players play on till one of the team has a margin of two points. 

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:41 (IST)

At the change of ends in the match tie-break, it's 6-6

Bopanna drops his serve on the first point. Mini break to Pavic/Dabrowski. 0-1.

Pavic easily holds the next two points for 3-0. Dabrwoski comes up with a solid volley at the net on Pavic's second serve. 0-3. 

Some fine reflexes at the net from all four players and Babos eventually wins the point. She holds both her serves. 2-3. 

Bopanna overhits his forehand on Dabrowski's serve and the Canadian-Croatian pair edge ahead 5-3. 

Babos produces a fine return to get the error from Pavic followed by a perfect lob from Bopanna and it's 5-6 with Babos to serve.

Babos holds and it's back on serve at 6-6. 

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:34 (IST)

Time for the match tie-break to decide who wins the title

The team first to 10 points with a margin of two will be crowned champions. 

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:33 (IST)

Pavic serves his game out to level the match at 2-6, 6-4

We are going to the match tie-break! 

The Indo-Hungarian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos face the Candaian-Croatia pair of Gabriela Dabrwoski-Mate Pavic in the mixed doubles final of Australian Open on Saturday.

Bopanna-Babos on Friday defeated Marcelo Demoliner and Martinez Sanchez in the semi-final match.

The fifth seeded duo of Bopanna and Babos fought back after losing the second set to Demoliner from Brazil and Sanchez from Spain to defeat them 7-5, 5-7, (10-6) in a three setter which was concluded in an hour and 25 minutes.

Bopanna and his partner Babos clinched the first set 7-5 in 34 minutes. The duo caused some unforced errors during the inital essay but still managed to clinch it.

In the second set, Sanchez and Demoliner took hold of the initial three set points. However, Bopanna and Babos fought back into the point with some great returns but lost it 5-7 by a narrow margin.

In the tie breaker, after trailing 1-2, Bopanna and Babos came back to level at 2-2. Later, they took two consecutive points to take a 4-2 lead and managed to close it (10-6) to enter the finals.

Here's the schedule for Day 14 of the Australian Open:

Mixed doubles final - 4:00 pm (10.30 am IST)

Timea Baboa (HUN)/Rohan Bopanna (IND x5) v Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/ Mate Pavic (CRO x8)

Men's singles final - Not before 7:30 pm (2 pm IST)

Marin Cilic (CRO x6) v Roger Federer (SUI x2)

With inputs from agencies

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