Wimbledon: Bopanna-Mergea enter quarters, Paes-Nestor knocked out
India's Rohan Bopanna and Romania's Florin Mergea earned a hard-fought victory against the Polish-Belarusian pair of Lukasz Kubot and Max Mirnyi 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6 (8) to enter the men's doubles quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships on Monday.Updated: Jul 06, 2015 22:16 IST
India's Rohan Bopanna and Romania's Florin Mergea earned a hard-fought victory against the Polish-Belarusian pair of Lukasz Kubot and Max Mirnyi to enter the men's doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon, while the Indo-Canadian duo of Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor crashed out in the third round at The Championships on Monday.
Ninth-seeded Bopanna-Mergea got the better of their opponents 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6 (8) after a battle that stretched for three hours and 20 minutes, while 11th-seeded Paes-Nestor went down to eighth seeds Bruno Soares of Brazil and Alexander Peya of Austria 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6 in a battle which lasted two hours and 42 minutes.
Bopanna and Mergea's match was evenly contested all the way through, as indicated by the scoreline, with each of the four sets contested stretching to tiebreakers as both teams found it difficult to break their opponents' serves and impose themselves on their opponents.
The two teams matched each other shot to shot and match statistics were almost identical.
But Bopanna-Mergea edged out their opponents, though marginally, in the departments of unforced errors and total points to claim the contest.
The Indo-Romanian pair forced their opponents to 18 unforced errors, three more than them, and won 169 points compared to 166 by the Polish-Belarusian duo.
But the winning duo hit 22 aces and 35 winners, way more than the vanquished team's 9 and 20, respectively, which settled the fate of the keen contest.
In the quarters, Bopanna-Mergea will face the top-seeded American brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who beat the Croatian-New Zealand pair of Mate Pavic and Michael Venus.
Soares and Peya started very well to win 13 out of 17 first serve points, also earning the only break point to take the first set 6-3.
The second set saw similar results in favour of the eighth seeds as they played aggressively and won two out of two break points to win the set and go two sets up in the match.
Paes and Nestor returned strongly in the third set as they won 13 out of 15 first serve points and won two out of four break points to take the third set 6-3.
The fourth set also saw positive results coming their way as some hard-fought tennis helped them level things up.
The fifth set saw Soares and Peya coming back to rhythm as they again played aggressively winning 19 out of 23 first serve points and also winning two crucial break points out of four to seal the fifth set and the match and enter the quarter-finals in style.