New Delhi Indian Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam- ul- Haq Qureshi on Tuesday advanced to the quarter- finals of Gerry Weber Open after defeating the pair of Ivan Dodig and Alexandr Dolgopolo
v in straight sets in the first round of the event at Halle, Germany.
The " Indo- Pak Express", seeded top in the Euro 7,50,000 grass court tournament, defeated the duo of Dodig ( Croatia) and Dolgopolov ( Ukraine) 7- 5, 6- 4.
In the quarter- finals, Bopanna and Qureshi will take on the combo of Dustin Brown of Germany and Gael Monfils of France, who beat Spanish duo of Pabio Andujar and David Marrero 6- 0, 6- 4 in another first round match.
Shock defeat for Somdev LONDON: Indiaalt39s ace tennis player Somdev Devvarman crashed out of the Queenalt39s tennis tournament after suffering a shock straight- set defeat against Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden in the opening round of the event here on Tuesday.
The Asian Games gold medallist Somdev lost 5- 7, 3- 6 to unheralded Ebden in a contest that lasted little over an hour.
World No. 67 Somdev is ranked 101 places above his opponent in the ATP rankings.
Ebden edged a tight first set and then went on to secure a win with a break late in the second set to clinch the biggest win of his career.
The 23- year- old South African- born Ebden ( ranked 168th) will next face world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who will play his first singles match since winning his record sixth French Open title in Paris on Sunday, defeating world number three Roger Federer.