All over for Hesh-Bops and Paes-Stepanek

In a match that stretched over two days due to rain, the fourth seeded pair of Paes and Stepanek fought hard before going down 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-8 to the 15th seeded pair of Brazil’s Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the third round. It was an interesting battle that lasted two hours and 49 minutes.

R Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi

Paes and Stepanek started well by winning the first set comfortably but Melo and Dodig came back strongly to win the next two sets easily. Paes and Stepanek refused to give in and stretched the fourth to the tie-breaker winning it 7-2 in 58 minutes. The decider and the fifth set was also keenly contested with none of the teams willing to leave an inch but Dodig and Melo had the last laugh winning it 8-6.

Leander Paes

Meanwhile in a second round match, Bhupathi and Bopanna, who were seventh seeded, were shocked 5-7, 6-7 (4-7), 3-6, by the unseeded pair of Russian Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in a match that lasted just over two hours. Bhupathi and Boppana were erratic in their service, committing four double faults but managed 13 aces.

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