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Bhupathi-Gimelstob duo crashes

sports Updated: Jun 20, 2007 14:41 IST

Fourth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and his American partner Justin Gimelstob made a shocking first-round exit from the Nottingham Open, losing to British wildcards Joshua Goodall and Ross Hutchins.

The Indo-American pair squandered a one-set lead to go down 7-5 4-6 8-10 in little over one and a half hour long match to bow out of the 353,450 Euro tournament.

In a hard-fought contest, the fourth seeds won the opening set after breaking their rivals once but could not sustain the lead against the local favourites.

The wildcards broke Bhupathi and Gimelstob once to pocket the second set and take the match into super tie-breaker, which turned out to be an engrossing battle.

Both the pairs battled hard but Goodall and Hutchins came out on top with a better first serve percentage.