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Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna, Edouard Roger-Vasselin enter pre-quarterfinals

Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat off a late fightback from Portugal’s Joao Sousa and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina to win 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

tennis Updated: Jan 19, 2018 14:28 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, Melbourne
Australian Open,Rohan Bopanna,Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeated Joao Sousa and Leonardo Mayer in straight sets to reach the last-16 of the Australian Open.(PTI)

Indian star Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Australian Open tennis tournament here on Friday.

The 10th seeded Indo-French combination beat off a late fightback from Portugal’s Joao Sousa and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin did not face too much trouble in the opening set.

Sousa and Mayer gave a stiff fight to their highly rated opponents in the second set before Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin managed to clinch a hard-fought victory.

Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin will have to be at the top of their game in the next round as they will be up against sevetn seeds Mate Pavic of Croatia and Oliver Marach of Austria.

Pavic and Marach had clinched a hard-fought 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4 victory against the unseeded team of New Zealand’s Artem Sitak and Wesley Koolhof of Holland in their pre-quarterfinal clash on Friday.

The Crotian-Austrian pair had registered a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win over Víctor Estrella Burgos of Dominican Repulic and Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the opening round on Wednesday.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 14:28 IST