Madrid Open: Rohan Bopanna-Denis Shapovalov go down fighting in quarter-finals
Bopanna and Shapovalov went down 6-4 3-6 10-5 against their German opponents to crash out of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
Madrid: India's Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov of Canada fought hard before losing in three sets to German duo of Alexander Zverev and Tim Puetz in the men's doubles quarterfinals of the Madrid Open.
Bopanna and Shapovalov went down 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 against their German opponents to bow out of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
The Indo-Candian pair hit five aces as against their opponent's three, but they committed more double faults, which hampered their prospects.
Bopanna and Shapovalov had committed five double faults as against two by the German pair.
The Germans were also better on first serve, with a win percentage of 83 as against 79 by their opponents.
Earlier in the tournament, the unseeded pair of Bopanna and Shapovalov had stunned top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in straight sets.
Bopanna and the 22-year-old Canadian have been teaming up regularly on the doubles tour since 2019.
After Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat on Wednesday, Zverev, who reached the semi-finals of the French Open last week, also exited in the second round when he lost 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3 to France's Ugo Humbert.
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The 41-year-old Bopanna and Skugos went down 5-7, 3-6 to the Spanish duo of Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez in a match that lasted one hour and 17 minutes.