India’s Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan entered the third round of Australian Open men’s doubles after a hard-fought three-set victory over the Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Arnaud Clement 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

The 10th-seeded Asian duo scored just one break point in the first set to bag it 6-3, but the pair lost the momentum in the next set, even as their opponents cashed in on their chances to return the favour 4-6.

The final and the deciding set saw both the doubles teams fight it hard to reign supreme but it was Bopanna-Qureshi who finally managed to prevail with a 6-4 win to seal the match in little over one and a half hours.

Bopanna-Qureshi will next play France’s Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimmonjic of Serbia.

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