Perhaps the lack of experience of playing at big stage cost them as the Indian qualifiers went down 7-6 (4) 6-2 3-6 4-6 4-6 against American Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler of Germany in three hours and 15 minutes last night.
The Indians had chances galore but could not cash in on as 15 of the 19 breakpoints went begging.
After allowing their rivals to win the third set, the Indians had four break chances in the next but converted just one while they dropped their serve twice. As pressure grew, the Indians started to miss points at crucial junctures.
Three break chances came their way in the final set but they squandered all. Nevertheless, the Indian players will take a lot of pride in putting up a good fight in their first ever major clash.
20 Oscar facts: Interesting trivia about the Academy Awards
Photos: Alia Bhatt, Sunny Deol at an event in Mumbai
Photos: Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu promote 'Naam Shabana'
Flashback: When sexy models sizzled in bikinis at Tokyo fashion show
Photos: These Indian cities top the list in online purchase of sex products