Pak-Indian tennis duo of Aisam-ul-Haq and Rohan Bopanna played a match of nerves before moving into the third round of Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Championship on Friday.
They beat the French pair of Arnaud Clement and Jeremy Chardy gave them a very tough time on court no. 6 of the Melbourne Park Tennis Complex before loosing to the IndoPak Express’ in a three setter, said a message received here.
Everything looked like a walk in the park for the Aisam-Bopanna in the first set which they won by 6-3 score when they broke Clement’s serve at 4-3 up and easily served out the set.
Also for the most part of the second set Aisam and partner looked dominating and were pressurizing the French pair with sizzling winners but suddenly at 4-5, the French pair came up with a few great returns on Aisam’s serve and broke his serve to secure the set with a 6-4 score.
This suddenly changed the momentum of the match in favour of the French pair who capitalized on it and managed an early break of serve in the third. The match was going clearly in favour of the French with a score of 1-4 when Pak-Indian pair woke up and decided to rise to the occasion. Both their serves as well as returns quality improved to an other level which French pair was unable to match. Aisam and partner went on to win next five games in a row with three on their own serve and two by securing serve breaks on Chardy and Clement’s serves.
The match lasted for about one hour and forty five minutes with Pak-Indian pair hitting 3 aces against zero by French.
The Asian pair won 54 points while Europeans won 41 points.
In the last 16 round Aisam-Bopanna will be facing a strong pair of former world no. 1 doubles Player Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Michael Llodra of France.