Australian Open: Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna make winning start

Good day for Indian players

Good day for Indian players

Paes and fellow Indian Purav Raja defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia and Hungary's Andreas Haider-Maurer in straight sets in the first round. The Brazilian-Scot pair has been of the most consistent teams in the previous season.

Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna and partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, the 10th seeds, also entered the second round, beating Vasek Pospisil of Canada and Ryan Harrison of the United States 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Bopanna saved a break chance in the sixth game of the second set to remain unbroken, forcing a tie breaker.

Divij Sharan and American Rajeev Ram started their new partnership on a positive note, edging out Marius Copil of Romania and Serbia's Viktor Troicki 7-6 (5), 6-4 in their opening round.

The Indian combination did not face too much trouble from their European opponents as they eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win. Pospisil, who was broken in the sixth game of the opening set, served consecutive double faults in the tie-breaker to hand advantage to Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin.

Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin will now face the victor of another men's doubles clash between Alex de Minaur-James Duckworth and Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa.

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