Leander Paes-Purav Raja bow out of Australian Open
Leander Paes and Purav Raja exited the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months in Australian Open on Sunday after happening within the pre-quarters. The Indian pairing have been simply swept apart by the 11th seeded Colombian pairing Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-1, 6-2 within the third spherical at Melbourne Park. The contest lasted an hour and 9 minutes by which Cabal and Farah remained resoundingly forward owing to their attacking play.
The alternative that veteran Paes and Raja created by manner of break factors – 5 of them – have been squandered utterly. In sharp distinction, the Cabal and Farah mixture transformed 4 of ten break level alternatives. They broke Paes and Raja twice in every set to storm into the quarterfinals.
Playing their second Grand Slam collectively, Paes and Raja had prompted fairly a stir with their upset of 2016 Australian Open champions Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray within the earlier spherical. At the identical time, the Indian pairing produced fairly a number of scintillating moments and made their contribution for the spotlight reels. At the US Open final 12 months, they have been despatched packing within the second spherical.
With the exit, Paes’ private duck of not making the quarters of a Grand Slam continued and stretched past a 12 months. The final time the 44-year-old Paes had reached the last-8 of a Grand Slam was again in 2016 on the French Open the place he partnered Marcin Matkowski.
Other Indians left within the fray within the males’s doubles draw are Divij Sharan, partnering Rajeev Ram, and Rohan Bopanna, partnering Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Sharan and Ram tackle prime seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo whereas Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin face Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic.