Second seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea came up short in the men’s doubles final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Sunday as they lost to the unseeded pairing of Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram. Bopanna-Mergea went down 6(5)-7, 2-6 in a match that lasted 72 minutes.
The Indo-Romanian duo was chasing their second consecutive title on grass after having triumphed at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart just last week.
Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea saved four break points in the first set
The South African-American team of Klaasen and Ram were superb on their returns which troubled Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea throughout the match. In the first set, the unseeded duo earned five break points but the Indo-Romanian pair served well to save four of them. The second-seeded pair of Bopanna/Mergea then broke back their opponents to enforce a tie-break.
However, Ram and Klaasen managed to edge them in the tie-break and took the set 7-6(5).
With the first set in the pocket, the South African-American team applied pressure in the second set and broke Bopanna-Mergea twice to wrap up the match.
Paes-Nestor lose in Queen’s semis
Meanwhile, third seeds Daniel Nestor and Leander Paes went down 3-6, 6(8)-7 to the second-seeded pair of Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic in the semi-finals of the AEGON Championships at the Queen’s Club on Sunday.
So, a disappointing end to the week but the Indian doubles specialists are getting into good form and one looks forward to a successful Wimbledon fortnight for Indian tennis.