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Hesh-Bops out in first round, Paes through

India witnessed a mixed outing in the men’s doubles event of the French Open as Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the first round even as veteran  Leander Paes and his Austrian partner Jurgen Melzer eased into the next stage on Wednesday.

Seeded fourth, Bhupathi and Bopanna had a forgettable outing at the Roland Garros last night as they were stunned 5-7, 4-6 by unseeded Polish combination of Tomasz Bednarek and Jerzy Janowicz.The Polish pair took just 76 minutes to dispose off the highly-rated Indian duo who looked completely out of sorts.

Bednarek and Janowicz will now face the winner of the match between Sanchai Ratiwatana and  Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand and Italian combination of Paolo Lorenzi and Potito Starace.
Leander Paes gave Indian fans something to cheer about when he and Melzer  notched up an easy straight-set win in the opening round. The ninth seeded Indo-Austrian duo took little less than an hour to get the better of local  pair, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Renavand 6-3, 6-3.
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