Bopanna and his partner Oliver Marach stumbled in the first set but stepped up just in time to salvage the tie.
India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Austrian doubles partner Oliver Marach overcame a tough challenge from France’s Fabrice Martin and Netherlands’ Jean-Julien Rojer to march into the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.
Bopanna and Marach came from behind to beat the French-Dutch duo 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 via tie-breaker in their round of 16 clash of the ATP 1000 event.
The Indo-Austrian pairing, who beat the Serbian duo of Dusan Lajovic and Nikola Cacic in straight sets in the first round, was in for an early shock.
Martin and Rojer earned the first break of the match in the fourth game of the first set, and eventually took a 5-2 lead. Bopanna-Marach did save two set points to extend the set, but the French-Dutch team promptly served the set home 6-3 in the ninth game.
Having paid for committing four double faults in the first set, Bopanna and Marach managed to iron out unforced errors from their game in the second set but failed to make any inroads as their opponents held strong with their serves.
With the score at 5-4, the turning point of the match transpired as Bopanna-Marach finally broke the French-Dutch pairing in the crucial tenth game to win the second set 6-4 and bring the match level at 1-1.
In the match tie-breaker, there was little to choose between the two sides as the teams traded blows till the score was 8-8. Bopanna and Marach, however, stepped up once again at the crucial juncture to take the next two points and win the tie-breaker 10-8.
Rohan Bopanna and Oliver Marach will next face Austrian Jürgen Melzer and Frenchman Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the Paris Masters doubles quarter-final on Friday.
The ATP 1000 Paris Masters has a strong field, including legendary double Olympic champion Rafael Nadal.
Tennis fans can watch the telecast of the Paris Masters on the Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels in India. Daily coverage begins at 3.30 PM Indian Standard Time.
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