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)||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) 
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.
Win – (6-2 7-6)
|Oliver Marach (AUT) /
Mate Pavic (CRO) 
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) 
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.
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.