Bopanna-Mergea enter Gerry Weber Open quarters

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Halle (Germany), June 16 (IANS) The Indo-Romanian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea played brilliantly to enter the men’s doubles quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open here on Tuesday.

The second seeds beat Czech-Ukrainian Luka Rosol and Sergiy Stakhovsky 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Rosol and Stakhovsky got off to a flying start, winning couple of break points right at the start to take the opening set 6-2 in a one-sided contest.

The second set saw Bopanna-Mergea get the lone break point available. A couple of double faults at crucial junctures also did not aid Rosol and Stakhovsky, helping their opponents take home the set 6-3 and push the match into the decider.

Bopanna-Mergea played sensibly to win the super tie-break 10-8. Rosol-Stakhovsky also made life difficult for them by serving a double fault at such an important phase of the match.

The Indo-Romanian pair will next face Croatia’s Marin Draganja and Finland’s Henri Kontinen in quarters who earlier beat Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

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