ATP Dubai: Birthday boy Rohan Bopanna goes down fighting in final

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ATP Dubai: Birthday boy Rohan Bopanna goes down fighting in final

India's Rohan Bopanna and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski squandered one set advantage to lose to the pair of Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer in the men's doubles final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships here today. In 2014, he repeated it alongside Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and then came back next year to successfully defend the title with Daniel Nestor.

However, the experienced pair soon regrouped and struck back to jump to a 4-1 lead in the second set, which they extended to 5-2 before wrapping up the set, 6-3. The Indo-Polish pairing started strongly, breaking the 43-year-old Kolkatan's serve in the fourth game on the deciding point with Bopanna's backhand doing the job for his team.

In the second set, Tecau (Romania) and Rojer (Netherlands) mounted a strong comeback.

Bopanna and Matkowski had made it to the final after beating Leander Paes and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The unseeded Indo-Polish pair won 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the United States dollars 2,617,160 hard court tournament.

This was the second best performance of the season for Bopanna, who is playing with his fourth different partner of the season. He had won the season-opening Chennai Open with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.

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