Rohan Bopanna’s doubles exit ends Indian campaign at US Open

Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig lost to Australian Open 2020 champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the men’s doubles round of 16 at the US Open.

By Utathya Nag
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India's Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig bowed out of the US Open 2021 tennis men's doubles event after losing 7(7)-6(4), 4-6, 6(3)-7(7) to USA's Rajeev Ram and Great Britain's Joe Salisbury in the round of 16 on Monday.

Rohan Bopanna’s exit from the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year marked an end to the Indian challenge in the tournament.

Sania Mirza (women’s and mixed doubles), Ankita Raina (women’s doubles) and Divij Sharan (men’s doubles) all bowed out in the first round. No Indian singles player qualified for this year’s US Open main draw.

Up against Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, the Australian Open 2020 doubles champions, Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig seemed on the backfoot in the initial exchanges.

After narrowly escaping being broken in their first two service games, the Indo-Croatian duo grew into the match and went toe-to-toe with their fourth seeded opponents.

With the first set deadlocked at 6-6, Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig, seeded 13th, upped their tempo in the tie-breaker to win the opening set 7(7)-6(4).

The second set, too, was a close affair but with the score at 4-4, Rohan Bopanna-Ivan Dodig blinked. Despite saving four break points, the Indo-Croatian pair dropped the ninth game and went on to lose the set 6-4.

For the third match running at the US Open 2021, Rohan Bopanna-Ivan Dodig needed to prove their mettle in the deciding third set.

Unlike their first and second round matches though, the Indo-Croatian pair couldn’t produce a clutch performance and lost the set 6(3)-7(7) in the tie-breaker to crash out. The match lasted two hours and 29 minutes.