India’s Rohan Bopanna was victorious in his opening match at the ATP 1000 Paris Masters.
Bopanna and Austrian partner Oliver Marach beat the Serbian pair of Dusan Lajovic and Nikola Cacic 7-5, 7-6 in the men’s doubles round of 32.
Bopanna-Marach served first in the match and looked shaky initially, giving their opponents two chances of a break. However, they kept their nerve to save both break points and pocket the opening game.
Both pairs were solid with their serves thereafter, winning games comfortably but Bopanna-Marach were again under pressure in the ninth game. They managed to save two more break points though and took a 5-4 lead.
The Indo-Austrian pair created the opening they wanted in the 12th game and though they missed a break point, took the first set 7-5 at the second time of asking.
Rohan Bopanna and Oliver Marach broke early in the second set to take a swift 2-0 lead but lost their serve in the third game and allowed Lajovic-Cacic to come back into the set.
It was a solid game thereafter, as Lajovic-Cacic saved a break point in the sixth and Bopanna-Marach saved their fifth break point of the match to crucially go up 6-5 in the second set.
With an opportunity to win the match before the tie-break, the Indo-Austrian stepped up the attack in the 12th game for a second-consecutive set. They created the opening they wanted but could not take advantage.
After a tough grind in the tie-break, where they saved two set points, Bopanna-Marach won two consecutive points to win the match.
Rohan Bopanna and Oliver Marach will now face the French-Dutch pair of Fabrice Martin and Jean-Julien Rojer in the pre-quarterfinals at the Paris Masters.
Where to watch the Paris Masters live in India
Tennis fans can watch 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 stream of the Paris Masters in India is available on SonyLIV.