The pair of Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov will next feature at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.
After winning nervy deciders in the previous two rounds of the ATP 500 Rotterdam, Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov finally had their run stopped in the semi-final, losing 5-7, 6-2, 10-8 to Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
After winning the first set by a narrow margin, the Indo-Canadian duo couldn’t keep their momentum as their opponents ran a riot in the second set before sealing the doubles match in the decider.
Earlier, against the unseeded duo of John Peers and Michael Venus in the round of 16 and against the fourth-seeded pair of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecău in the quarter-final, Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov found a way to win the first set.
The semi-final was no different either with Indo-Canadian duo winning the first set, despite getting broken first in the sixth game to trail 2-4.
They came back to break their opponent in the very next game before finally taking a 6-5 lead in the 11th game. Eventually, Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov held their serve to win the first set 7-5.
While the comeback in the first set should have boosted the confidence of the Indo-Canadian duo, they went down a spiral from there.
The second set saw Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff seeing no competition whatsoever as Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov were broken twice - in the fourth and the eighth game – to level proceedings by winning the second set 6-2.
Winning matches in the decider on two previous occasions, the Indian tennis veteran looked to find familiar ground once again as the Finland-German pair was broken on the fifth serve with the scoreline reading 3-2 in the Indo-Canadian’s favour.
However, they were broken back immediately in the very next serve before Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff repeated the feat in the 14th and the 15th serves as well to lead 9-6. And though the Finland-German duo lost two match points in the next two serves, they eventually sealed the match 10-8.
With his campaign at the ATP 500 Rotterdam coming to an end, the Indian tennis veteran will next be competing in the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, France starting Monday.
Partnering Denis Shapovalov there as well, Rohan Bopanna will be kicking off the Open 13 Provence from the round of 16, where the duo has been drawn against the Italian pair of Jannik Sinner and Simone Bolelli.
While there’s no television broadcast of the Open 13 Provence in India, the event will be streamed live on the Tennis TV website from February 17 to February 23.