Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi’s outing at the Roland Garros came to a rather abrupt end on Saturday afternoon.
Playing together on the Paris red clay for the first time since 2001, their journey was cut short in the second round by Australians Stephen Huss and Ashley Fisher, who beat them 7-6 (7), 6-4 in less than an hour-and-a-half.
Paes and Bhupathi tried every trick in their bag but fell short of a victorious result. After a close first set, which didn’t witness any break points, the Aussies converted the only one that came their way in the second.
And that signalled the end for the duo, fondly known as the Indian Express.
Reuniting at the beginning of this year, the pair won the Chennai Open and made the Australian Open final. It was at the Roland Garros that the duo had won their last Slam together, 10 years back on this very day.
They had defeated the Czech duo of Petr Pala and Pavel Vizner to win their second French Open title.
However, Paes made up for the doubles loss with a win in the mixed doubles.
Partnering Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic, the seventh-seeded pair needed only 72 minutes to beat Chia-Jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-4, 7-6 (1) and march into the quarterfinals.