Paris, June 1 (IANS) India’s tennis stars Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna suffered a huge setback as the duo were knocked out in the quarter-finals of their respective men’s doubles event of the French Open tennis tournament here on Wednesday.
The third-seeded pair of Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo defeated sixth seeds Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea 6-4, 6-4 in one hour 15 minutes in the quarter-finals to progress into the semi-finals of the tournament.
Meanwhile, the fifth-seeded American pair of Bob Bryan and his brother Mike outclassed the 16th seeded duo of Paes and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski 7-6 (12), 6-3 in one hour and 39 minutes in the quarters to enter the last four stage.
The match between Dodig-Melo and Bopanna-Mergea began on a positive note for both sides as they won their respective games to make it 3-3. But Dodig-Melo broke their opponents’ serve at a crucial juncture of the set to grab the advantage.
The third seeds made the best use of the advantage to win all their serves thereafter to claim the first set 6-4.
In the second set, the Croatian-Brazilian combine dominated the proceedings as they broke Bopanna-Mergea yet again to seize the initiative and went on to win the set 6-4 and claim the match.
Later on, Paes-Matkowski got their match off to a positive start against a tough Bryan brothers. Both the sides displayed their best winning individual games and breaking their opponent once each to take the set to 6-6. The set then went into the tie-breaker.
The tie-breaker saw an intense battle and the set was eventually decided when Bryan brothers edged past their opponent beating them 14-12 to take a 1-0 lead in the quarters.
In the second set, it was a one-sided affair as the fifth seeds Bob and Mike broke Paes and Matkowski’s serve twice to grab the set 6-3 and comfortably cruise into the last four stage of the event.