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Leander Paes-Purav Raja and Rohan Bopanna- Edouard enter 2nd round at Australian Open

The all-Indian pair of Leander Paes and Purav Raja and Rohan Bopanna and partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France breezed into the second round of the men’s doubles segment at the Australian Open

tennis Updated: Jan 18, 2018 12:50 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service
IANS, Melbourne
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Leander Paes and Purav Raja will next play Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Brazil’s B. Soares in the second round of the Australian Open.(Twitter.com)

Veteran Leander Paes and fellow Indian Purav Raja defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria and Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in straight sets in the first round of the men’s doubles competition at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Thursday.

The Indian combination did not face too much trouble from their European opponents as they eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win.

Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna and partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, the 10th seeds, also entered the second round, beating Vasek Pospisil of Canada and Ryan Harrison of the US 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Leander Paes and Raja will be up against Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Brazil’s B. Soares in the second round. Murray and Soares beat the American pair of D. Young and F. Tiafoe in the opening round on Wednesday.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 12:46 IST