Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan registered fine victories as they got their campaigns underway at the 2020 Auckland Open ATP 250 event.
Rohan Bopanna and his doubles partner, Finland’s Henri Kontinen, beat Rhett Purcell of New Zealand and Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-2 to book a spot in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Sharan and his Kiwi partner Artem Sitak were stretched to the distance by the Aussie-Kiwi pair of John Peers and Michael Venus before they could earn a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) win in their first-round encounter.
Rohan Bopanna builds on his form
Back after his title-winning run at the 2020 Qatar Open last week, Rohan Bopanna looked in no mood let go of the momentum. Despite changing his partner, the Indian was on top of his game against Purcell and Norrie.
The third seeds will now face Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan who beat the wildcard entrants Mackenzie McDonald and Ajeet Rai 6-3, 7-5 in their opening round tie.
Rohan Bopanna is tuning up for the season’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which gets underway on January 20. The Bengaluru native has announced that he will be teaming with his compatriot Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles, he will partner the 27-year-old Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama in men’s doubles.
Divij Sharan digs deep
The other Indian in action at the Auckland ATP event, Divij Sharan, too fine a fine start but not before having to dig deep into his reserves to see off two tie-breakers.
Pairing with the local boy Sitak, the Indo-Kiwi combination was pushed into the tie-breaker by the top seeds in both the sets before the two could emerge victorious.
Sharan and Sitak will take on the Belgian pair of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen next with a place in the semifinals up for grabs.