Again in motion after 5 months, Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian companion Denis Shapovalov misplaced within the opening spherical of the Western and Southern Open males’s doubles occasion however not earlier than making it as powerful as doable for Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos right here. Bopanna and Shapovalov misplaced 4-6 6-7(1) to 2019 US Open runners-ups within the first spherical match of the USD 42,22,190 arduous court docket match, which is a build-up to the US Open.
It was the primary aggressive match for Bopanna because the Davis Cup tie towards Croatia in March, alongside aspect veteran Leander Paes.
Bopanna has been pairing with Shapovalov persistently because the Indian Wells Masters final yr, which he had began by pairing with compatriot with Divij Sharan.
“It was certainly a really shut match. I’m very happy, to be trustworthy, with the way in which we performed, particularly after 5 months, coming straight right into a match. (We have been) taking part in towards an excellent group on the market,” Bopanna instructed PTI.
“I believed I’d be little rusty however performed fairly good, we had some probabilities. We misplaced three deuce factors in a row after they served at 2-Three after which on my serve at 3-Three and after they served at 4-3, so these three video games we had deuce factors however they didn’t go our method.
“The second set was once more shut, we hung in there however in tie-break they have been higher group. General, happy with the beginning nonetheless. We will likely be practising for the subsequent few days for the US Open,” he mentioned. The US Open begins August 31 in New York.