Bopanna-Vasselin duo shine in Sydney

Bopanna and partner will challenge the top seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil in the semifinals.

Rohan Bopanna had a robust start for the season with his new partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France as the duo won back to back match to reach the semifinals of Sydney International.   -  K. MURALI KUMAR

Rohan Bopanna had a robust start for the season with his new partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France as the duo won back to back matches without dropping a set to make the semifinals of the $528,910 Sydney International ATP tennis tournament on Wednesday.

Bopanna and partner will challenge the top seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil in the semifinals.

In the Challengers in Bangkok and Canberra, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Divij Sharan made the doubles quarterfinals with their respective partners Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia and Jonathan Erlich of Israel.

Results:

$528,910 Sydney International, Australia

Doubles (quarterfinals): Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) & Rohan Bopanna bt Fabrice Martin (Fra) & Nicholas Monroe (US) 7-6(5), 7-6(5); Pre-quarterfinals: Edouard Roger-Vasselin & Rohan Bopanna bt Ivan Dodig (Cro) & Fernando Verdasco (Esp) 6-4, 6-4.

$50,000 Challenger, Canberra, Australia

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jonathan Erlich (Isr) & Divij Sharan bt Jeremy Beale & Thomas Fancutt (Aus) 6-3, 6-1.

$50,000 Challenger, Bangkok, Thailand

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Christopher Rungkat (Ina) & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Ti Chen (Tpe)& Flavio Cipolla (Ita) 6-0, 6-2.