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Tennis player Rohan Bopanna. (IANS photo)

MELBOURNE — India's prospects in the men's doubles competition of the ongoing Australian Open ended Jan. 22 after Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan lost their respective third round matches here.

Playing with their respective partners, Sharan and Bopanna pushed the matches to the third set but weren't able to extend their stay in the draw. On Jan. 21, Leander Paes and Purav Raja had bowed out in straight sets.

Pairing with Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Bopanna lost to Oliver Marach of Austria and Croatia's Mate Pavic 4-6, 7-6, (7-5) 3-6 at Melbourne Park. 

The contest lasted a little over two hours and saw the Indo-French combo convert one out of two break point chances, while their opponents converted three out of 12 break points. Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin had two aces compared to their opponents' seven.

Earlier in the day, Sharan and his partner, Indian American Rajeev Ram from the U.S. suffered a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 4-6 defeat at the hands of top seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Brazil's world number one Marcelo Melo. 

The contest lasted two hours and 12 minutes and saw Sharan and Ram convert two of six break point opportunities. Kubot and Melo converted two out of four break points.

On Jan. 21, Paes and Raja were convincingly swept aside by Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia 1-6, 2-6 in just an hour and nine minutes.

India's hopes now rest in the mixed doubles draw with sole representation by Bopanna. Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Timea Babos are in the second round after beating Ellen Perez and Andrew Whittington in the opening round.

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