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Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna beaten in US Open Men's Doubles first round

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Veteran Indian star Leander Paes and his German partner Andre Begemann crashed out of the men's doubles competition at the US Open with a first round loss to Stephane Robert of France and Dudi Sela of Israel in Flushing Meadows, New York on Friday. The Indo-German duo battled hard before going down 6-2, 5-7, 4-6 in a shade under 2 hours.

Robert and Sela will now take on Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Alexander Peya of Austria in the second round. The 12th seeded Polish-Austrian team defeated Americans Eric Quigley and Nicolas Meister 7-6, 6-1 in their opening round encounter.


Paes and Begemann enjoyed a superb start, breaking their opponents in the very first game to gain the early advantage. They broke their opponents again in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead and then held their serve to take the set.

The Indo-German combination grabbed the early initiative in the second set as well, forcing a break of serve in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.

The set then went with the serve which saw Paes and Begemann on the verge of taking the set with a 5-4 lead.

Robert and Sela however, staged a spirited comeback to earn a break of serve and level the scores at 5-5. They then held their serve before forcing another break to take the set and draw level.

In the third set, Paes and Begermann again earned a break in the opening game to take the early lead. Both teams held their serve thereafter before Robert and Sela broke their Indo-German opponents in the eighth game.

They held their serve in the next game to take the lead at 5-4 before another break of serve in the 10th game handed them the set and the match.

The other Indian male in the Doubles Draw, Rohan Bopanna also crashed out of the competition. Bopanna and Frederik Nielsen went down against American Brian Baker and New Zealand's Marcus Daniell 2-6, 6-7 (5).

Bopanna-Nielsen relinquished their grip on the first set in just 30 minutes on Court 6. Baker-Daniell converted two of the four break points received to comfortably pocket the first set. They maintained their ascendancy in the second set through another quick break of serve to jump to a 4-2 lead.

Baker-Daniell served for the match at 5-3 but were broken by some dogged play from Bopanna-Nielsen to square things up at 5-5.

The Indo-Danish pair forced the set to a tiebreaker where they got a 3-0 lead but could not sustain the advantage to lose it 5-7, thereby surrendering the match in an hour and 14 minutes.