Sydney: India's Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who joined forces for the 2018 season, fought their hearts out before losing the semi-final of the ATP Sydney International to world number one team of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, in Sydney on Thursday.
The fourth seeded Indo-French pair gave a scare to the top-seeded Polish-Brazilian pair before losing the closely-fought semi-final 4-6 7-5 8-10 in one hour and 29 minutes.
There was not much of a difference in the two teams as the winners won 70 points to the 64 of Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin.
They broke each other twice in the contest.
The victors will now fight it out with Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff and Romanian Viktor Troicki, who toppled second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 7-6(5) 6-1.
It was the last tournament in build up to the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open.
Bopanna had played the season-opening Tata Open Maharashtra with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in Pune, losing in the quarter-finals.
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Updated Date: Jan 11, 2018 18:45 PM