There will be no faceoff between Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes in the men’s doubles at Wimbledon as Paes and Polish partner Marcin Matkowski suffered a meek second-round loss at the hands of John Peers and Henri Kontinen on Sunday.
The 10th seeded Finnish-Australian pair needed only 62 minutes to dispatch the Indo-Polish duo 6-3, 6-2 in the second round.
The winners thus prevented a pre-quarterfinals clash of the two Indians, who will team up for the Davis Cup and Rio Olympics.
Paes and Matkowski had three break point opportunities in the opening set but converted none. They lost their serve thrice in the match.
Now Peers and Kontinen will take on sixth seeds Bopanna and Romania’s Florin Mergea.
Paes will now look to defend his mixed doubles title with Martina Hingis. They have been seeded 16th and got a first-round bye.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna have also gotten first-round byes with their respective partners. Sania has paired with Ivan Dodig while Bopanna is playing with Anastasia Rodionova.