Divij Sharan advances, Bopanna out from Murray River Open


Melbourne, February 3

India’s Divij Sharan and his Slovakian partner Igor Zelenay came from behind to beat their opponents but compatriot Rohan Bopanna, who is short of practice, exited the Murray River Open along with his partner.

Sharan and Zelenay erased a first-set deficit to beat Argentina’s Guillermo Duran and Spanish Albert Ramos-Vinola 4-6 6-3 10-8 and move into the men’s doubles pre-quarterfinals at the USD 320,775 hard-court event.

The duo will next take on fifth seed French pair of Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin, who got a first round bye.

On the other hand, Bopanna, who came out of his hard quarantine only on January 30, and Denmark’s Frederik Nilsen lost 4-6 3-6 to Australian wild card pair of James Duckworth and Marc Polmans.

Sumit Nagal had lost his men’s singles opening round match on Monday, so Sharan is the only surviving Indian in the ATP 250 event. PTI



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