New York, August 24
Back in motion after 5 months, Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian associate Denis Shapovalov succumbed to Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos within the opening spherical of the Western and Southern Open males’s doubles occasion right here.
Bopanna and Shapovalov misplaced 4-6 6-7(1) to the 2019 US Open runners-up pair within the first spherical match of the USD 42,22,190 arduous court docket event, which is a build-up to the US Open.
It was the primary aggressive match for Bopanna for the reason that Davis Cup tie in opposition to Croatia in March, alongside veteran Leander Paes.
Bopanna has been pairing with Shapovalov constantly for the reason that Indian Wells Masters final yr.
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“It was indeed a very close match. I am very satisfied, to be honest, with the way we played, especially after five months, coming straight into a tournament. (We were) playing against a very good team out there,” mentioned Bopanna.
“I assumed I might be little rusty however performed fairly effectively, we had some probabilities. We misplaced three deuce factors in a row once they served at 2-Three after which on my serve at 3-3, and once they served at 4-3, so these three video games we had deuce factors however they didn’t go our approach,” he mentioned.
“The second set was again close, we hung in there but in tie-break they were the better team. Overall, satisfied with the start nevertheless. We will be practising for the next few days for the US Open,” he mentioned.
The US Open begins August 31 in New York. PTI