US Open: Divij Sharan and Cacic bow out with opening-round loss

India’s Divij Sharan and his Serbian partner Nikola Cacic were knocked out in the US Open first round by eighth seeds Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof.

Divij Sharan

Divij Sharan and his partner Nikola Cacic (not in picture) did well to push the contest to a decider, but could not find a way past their opponents in the third set.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy (File Photo)

India’s Divij Sharan and his Serbian partner Nikola Cacic made a first round exit at the US Open as they lost to 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 eighth seeds Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof.

Sharan and Cacic lost the first set but came back strong to clinch the second and push the tie to a decider. However, the Indo-Serbian pair could not find a way past their opponents in the third set.

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The winners will next play Italy’s Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina.

The other Indian in the men’s doubles draw -- Rohan Bopanna -- and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov will take on Ernesto Escobedo and Noah Rubin of the United States in the first round.