Bopanna-Shapovalov battle hard but bow out in Italian Open quarter-final

The Indo-Canadian duo had managed to save a match-point in a last-ditch attempt but that wasn’t enough.

By Subhayan Dutta

Veteran Indian doubles player Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov lost 6-4, 7-5, 10-7 to France’s Jérémy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Friday.

The unseeded Indo-Canadian duo had made a strong start at the ATP 1000 Masters event by beating Argentine-Chilean pair of Guido Pella and Chile’s Cristian Garin in the round of 32. They then upstaged Colombian top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal in the round of 16.

Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov’s momentum was evident in the opening set as the pair broke Jérémy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in the very first game of the day to take an early lead.

Though both the pairs held on to their service games for the remainder of the set, the first break was enough for Bopanna and Shapovalov to take a 6-4 lead in the match.

Chardy and Martin needed a strong response in the second set and they found it in the second game as the Indo-Canadian duo was broken early on.

Bopanna and Shapovalov returned the favour instantly but they eventually faltered on the 12th and the last game of the second set to lose 7-5.

Rohan Bopanna.

In the tie-breaker, the French duo had momentum on their side and would eventually go on to break their opponents four times.

Bopanna and Shapovalov gave it their all - including saving one match point - but ultimately succumbed, losing the decider 10-7.