Bopanna-Mergea pair ousted from Indian Wells Masters

The fifth seed Indo-Romanian pair lost 6-2, 4-6, 4-10 to Spanish team of Feliciano Lopez and Mark Lopez in the opening round of the USD 7,037,595 hard court event.

Before this the Indo-Romanian team had made a first round exit from the Dubai Duty Free Championships.   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea suffered first round defeat for the second time in a row, crashing out of the BNP Paribas Open here.

The fifth seed Indo-Romanian pair lost 6-2, 4-6, 4-10 to Spanish team of Feliciano Lopez and Mark Lopez in the opening round of the USD 7,037,595 hard court event.

They made a superb start by breaking their rivals twice in the opening set and faced no breakpoint on their serve.

However, the Spaniards worked their way back in the match. They cashed in on a break chance in a close second set and force a Super Tie Breaker, where they outplayed Bopanna and Mergea.

Before this the Indo-Romanian team had made a first round exit from the Dubai Duty Free Championships.