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Australian Open : Leander Paes & Purav Raja through to pre-quarters after major upset

http://sportstalk24.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/paes-raja-ap-759.jpgAustralian Open : Leander Paes & Purav Raja through to pre-quarters after major upset

Indian doubles pair of Leander Paes and Purav Raja has reached the pre-quarters of men’s doubles stage after upsetting 5th seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in Australian Open 2018.

The unseeded Indian pair defeated English-Brazilian duo by 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (6) in a thrilling contest which lasted two hours, 54 minutes.

Left-handed Murray, world number 9 in doubles and Soares, number 10, were huge favorites for the match as their performance in 2017 was absolute brilliant & consistent but Purav Raja with his significant net play changed the fortunes for Indian duo.

Australian Open 2018 : All Indian Result

Player Event Round Of 128 Round Of 64 Round Of 32 Round Of 16 QuarterFinal SemiFinal Final
Yuki BHAMBRI Men’s Single Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Lost – (6-7 3-6 4-6)
Divij Sharan / Ram Rajeev (USA)[16] Men’s Double
Copil Marius (ROU)/ Torichi Viktor (SRB)
Win – (7-6 6-4)
F. Fognini (ITA) / M. Granollers (ESP)
Win – (4-6 7-6 6-2)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [1]
Lost – (6-3 6-7 4-6)
Rohan Bhopana / Roger Vasselin (FRA) [ 10 ] Men’s Double
Harrison Ryan (USA)/ PospisIil, Vasek (CAN)
Win – (6-2 7-6)
L. Mayer (ARG) / J.
Sousa (POR)
Win – (6-2 7-6)

Oliver Marach (AUT) /
Mate Pavic (CRO) [7]
Lost – (4-6 7-3 3-6)
Leander paes / Purav Raja Men’s Double
B.Nikoloz (GEO)/Haider Andreas (AUT)
Win – (6-2 6-3)
J. Murray (GB) / Bruno Soares (BRA) (5)
Win – (7-6 6-7 7-6)
Juan Sebastian /
Farah, Robert(COL) [11]
Lost – 1-6 2-6
Rohan Bhopana / Timea Babos (HUN)[ 5 ] Mix Double
Ellen Perez / Andrew Whittington (AUS)
Win – (6-2 6-4)
V.King (USA) / F.Skugor (CRO)
Win – (6-4 6-4)
A.Spears (USA) / J.Cabal (COL)
Win – (6-4 7-6)
M.Martínez (ESP) / M.Demoliner (BRA)
Win – (7-5 5-7 10-6)
M.Pavic (CRO) / G.Dabrowski (CAN) (8)
Lost – (6-2 4-6 9-11)

In the first set, it was difficult to separate both the pairs. Both teams won two break points each – two of four for Murray/Soares and two of seven for Paes/Raja – to go into a tiebreak, where Paes/Raja get into the advantage & eventually won the set.

Second set proved to be same with both the pairs fighting neck to neck but a crucial break towards the end, helped Murray and Soares take the second set 7-5.

After spitting the first two sets, decider proved to be a lot exciting as both pairs Murray/Soares and Paes/Raja were locked at 5-5 in the tie-breaker when Murray won his side a match point on his second serve.

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Raja came for the rescue & not only saved the match point but also earned a match point for the Indians with excellent hands at the net. Indian pair converted the match point in first time of asking & sealed the match to book their place in pre-quarters of Australian Open 2018.



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