Bopanna-Mergea win in French Open second round

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Paris, May 27 (IANS) Sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea won their second round men’s doubles French Open match, beating French pair Gregoire Barrere and Quentin Halys 6-3, 6-4 here on Friday.

Bopanna-Mergea took a big headstart in the first set, jumping to a 4-1 lead. They maintained their dominance to reach 5-2 and were in total control as they claimed the first set 6-3 on Court 6.

The Indo-Romanian pair maintained ascendancy, breaking their opponents’ first service game to quickly jump 2-0 up. But they were pegged back with the French pair breaking back immediately to 2-2.

Bopanna-Mergea converted three of the eight break points received in the second set to ultimately claim the second set 6-4.

They won 67 of the total 121 points played, committing seven unforced errors as compared to 2 by their opponents.

But conversion of break points turned crucial as Bopanna-Mergea won four of nine break points opposed to just two of four by Barrere-Halys.

Bopanna-Mergea outclassed Frenchmen Stephane Robert and Alexandre Sidorenko 6-2, 6-2 in the first round.

–IANS

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