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Bhupathi-Bopanna clinch first set

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna

London: India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna started their Olympics campaign with a win against Max Mirnyi and Alexander Bury in the first round of men’s doubles at the Wimbledon here Monday.

Bhupathi and Bopanna won 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7) and 8-6 in a match that lasted two hours and 26 minutes.

Meanwhile, Indian Davis Cupper Vishnu Vardhan’s dream outing in the Olympics men’s singles was short-lived as he went down in straight sets to Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic in the first round.

Vardhan, who was lucky to get a slot in the men’s singles event at the eleventh hour as German Phillip Kohlschreiber pulled out due to a hamstring injury, lost 3-6, 2-6 in 72 minutes.

The 304th-ranked Indian, whose strong point is his serve, was broken thrice in the first set and it was no different in the second. Before Vardhan could get the hang of it, he was down 1-4 and the World No 76 Slovenian walked through to the second round.

Vardhan was hardly in the match and he committed far too many unforced errors.

The 25-year-old will now partner Leander Paes in the men’s doubles and the Indian pair takes on the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer later in the day.


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