Ninth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea started their quest for the Wimbledon men’s doubles title with a 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-1 victory over the American-Czech pairing of Tim Smyczek and Jiri Vesely on Monday.
Confident start at Wimbledon for Bopanna and Mergea
Bopanna and Mergea had come to the year’s third Grand Slam with some strong performances on grass this season. They had won the title at the Mercedes Cup and also reached the final of the Gerry Weber Open.
The Indo-Romanian duo continued from where they had left as they broke their unseeded opponents once to seal the first set 6-3. They won a whopping 80% of their first serve points which gave no chance to the American-Czech pairing.
The second set was more competitive as both the pairs broke each other twice. The set eventually headed to a tie-break which the ninth seeds won by a comfortable score of 7-1.
Having lost the first two sets, Smyczek and Vesely could not provide any more resistance as they went down meekly 1-6 in the third set.
The Indo-Romanian duo completed the win in 1 hour 26 minutes. Bopanna was the only Indian in action on Day 1 of 2015 Wimbledon.