Wimbledon: Bopanna-Mergea in 3rd round, could face Paes-Matkowski next

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 22:59 IST
Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea of Romania. (AP file photo)

Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea advanced to the third round of men’s doubles at Wimbledon after a straight-sets win over Andrej Martin and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo on Saturday.

The sixth seeded Indo-Romanian pair faced early resistance from the Slovakian-Chile combination before prevailing 7-5, 6-2 in the second-round contest that lasted one hour and 17 minutes.

Bopanna and Mergea saved eight of the nine breakpoints they faced in the match and broke their rivals four times.

Bopanna could face Leander Paes in the next match if the 43-year-old and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski get the better of Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

Paes and Bopanna will play as a team in India’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Korea and then at Rio Games.

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