Rohan Bopanna bows out of Paris Masters 

Bopanna and partner Marach lost their quarter-final clash in straight sets in the French capital.

By Rahul Venkat

Rohan Bopanna’s straight-sets loss in the quarter-finals ended Indian tennis hopes at the ATP 1000 Paris Masters late on Friday.

Bopanna and Austrian partner Oliver Marach fell 6-0, 7-6 in the men’s doubles to the eighth-seeded Austrian-French pair of Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

The match began with a service break as Bopanna-Marach were unable to save a break point in the opening game of the match. It put them on the backfoot early on.

Bopanna and Marach trailed 0-2 immediately and then lost their serve two more times to concede the first set tamely. A big effort was needed if the Indo-Austrian pair had to come back from a set down for a second-consecutive match.

And sure enough, they stepped up their game. Bopanna-Marach were solid with their service games in the second set, winning all of them without even conceding a break point. However, their opponents were equally adept.

Bopanna and Marach were able to create only two break opportunities of their own, both of which Melzer and Roger-Vasselin managed to save, which took the second set to a tie-breaker.

The two pairs were not willing to give up any space there, holding their serves and fighting for every point.

Rohan Bopanna and Oliver Marach created the first opening in the tie-break, breaking their opponents serve to earn a set point at 6-5. However, their serves let them down at that crucial juncture.

The Indo-Austrian pair lost the next two points on their serve, which gave Melzer and Roger-Vasselin a match-point on their serve and they duly served it out to take the match in straight sets.

Melzer and Roger-Vasselin will now face the second-seeded Croatian-Brazilian pair of Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares in the men’s doubles semi-final.

Where to watch Paris Masters live in India

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.

Live streaming of the Paris Masters in India is on SonyLIV.