Leander Paes & Adil Shamasdin Lose Marathon Wimbledon Opener

The match lasted just short of four hours.

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File photo of Leander Paes with men’s doubles partner Adil Shamasdin.

Leander Paes’ 23rd Wimbledon appearance ended in a first round exit on Thursday, but the stalwart did not go out without a solid fight.

Playing Adil Shamasdin, the pair’s first round match was against Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald. The Indo-Canadian duo dragged the match to a fifth set but their Austrian opponents proved just too good as they closed the match 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-7(2) 8-10.

The match lasted just a minute short of four hours.

In a long-drawn fifth set, Paes and his Canadian partner lost serve at 8-8 and their rivals grabbed the opportunity to serve out the match in the next game.

Paes and Shamadin have won two Challenger level titles together in the 2017 season.

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