Eighth-seeded Indo-Austrian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Julian Knowle advanced to the men’s doubles second round at Wimbledon beating Argentine-Spanish duo Leonardo Mayer and Albert Ramos on Wednesday.

Bhupathi-Knowle won 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 37 minutes in the first round clash.

The eighth seeds broke their opponents for the first time in the sixth game of the first set to take a 4-2 advantage, converting their third break point and won the next game to take a step closer to bagging the set. They again broke their opponents in the final game of the set to clinch the set in half an hour.

Mayer-Ramos returned the favour by breaking the Indo-Austrian duo in the first game of the second set and won on their serve to make it 2-0. Bhupathi and Knowle broke back to level the set 5-5 and pushed the match into a tiebreaker. However, the decided did not go in their favour, losing 5-7.

The Indo-Austrian combination needed four break points in the third set to step ahead of Mayer and Ramos to take the set and lead the match 2-1.

The eighth seeds were in their elements easily breaking Mayer and Ramos twice in the fourth set and bagging their service games to love to take the set and match.


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