India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea got their Australian Open campaign off to a winning start on Thursday.
Bopanna, who took to the court soon after Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis beat the Colombian-Brazilian pair of Mariana Duque-Marino and Teliana Pereira 6-2, 6-3, combined well with Mergea to outplay the Australian duo of Omar Jasika and Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the men’s doubles.
The Indo-Romanian duo converted three out of seven break point oportunities in the first set, as compared to two of seven converted by their Australian opponents. In the second set, the Australians did not earn a single break point, while the one break point converted by Bopanna and Mergea of the three they earned was the decisive service break in the second set.
The fourth seeds play Czech duo of Lukas Dlouhy and Jiri Vesely in the second round.
Indian veteran Mahesh Bhupathi has already booked his second-round berth alongwith partner Gilles Muller, while Leander Paes bowed out after a first-round loss alongside French partner Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday.