Leander Paes Out in First Round But Mahesh Bhupathi Marches On

Leander Paes and Jeremy Chardy lost to J. Cabal and R. Farah in the first round of the Australian Open.

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Leander Paes and Jeremy Chardy have been knocked out of the Australian Open after losing to Colombian 12th seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the men’s doubles draw.

The 42-year-old Paes and his French partner Chardy had six break points but managed to convert only one. Whereas, their opponents converted three out of their seven break points.

Their challenge was over in 72 minutes.

While Leander Paes is out of the men’s doubles draw at the Australian Open, Mahesh Bhupathi won his opener in his Grand Slam comeback. (Photo: Reuters)
While Leander Paes is out of the men’s doubles draw at the Australian Open, Mahesh Bhupathi won his opener in his Grand Slam comeback. (Photo: Reuters)

Mahesh Bhupathi though returned to Grand Slam action with a first-round victory. Playing with Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, he beat the Australian team of Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington 7-6 (4) 3-6 6-4.

In the two hour and 13 minute contest, Bhupathi and Muller managed to save 12 breakpoints out of 15 they faced.

It was Bhupathi’s third competitive event since bowing out of 2015 Wimbledon championships. He had missed the entire second half of the last year as he was busy with the conduct of his ambitious International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).

He had played at the Chennai Open and then at a Challenger tournament in Thailand, where he reached the semifinals with compatriot Purav Raja.

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