As it happened: Maharashtra Open, Day 5

Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the super tiebreaker against the Leander Paes-Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela to progress to the semifinals.

Rohan Bopanna (left) and Divij Sharan, Asian Games Tennis gold-medallist, beat Leander Paes and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela in a tight contest to progress to the semifinals of the Maharashtra Open.   -  R. Ragu

Gilles Simon, the defending champion, set up a mouthwatering semifinal clash with Kevin Anderson, with a come-from-behind win over Benoit Paire on Day 5 of the Maharashtra Open.

Live updates

11.02pm Gilles Simon comes from behind to beat Benoit Paire 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 victory to progress to the semifinals, where he will face Kevin Anderson

10.50pm Gilles Simon holds serve to retain a service break and he now leads the third set 4-2.

10.20pm Gilles Simon has an early break of serve in the third set, and is up 2-0.

10.00pm Gilles Simon takes the second-set tiebreak 7-4 against Benoit Paire and we go to the third set.

9.20pm Gilles Simon has broken back and the score now is five all in the second set.

9:00pm Benoit Paire won the first set 6-3 and holds a service back and a 2-1 lead in the second.

8.20pm Kevin Anderson has won in straight sets — 6-3 6-3 — against Jaume Munar. He will face Gilles Simon or Benoit Paire in the semifinal tomorrow.

8.00pm Kevin Anderson is 3-1 up in the second set against Jaume Munar.

7.45pm Kevin Anderson takes the first set 6-3.

7.35pm Kevin Anderson breaks another serve is serving for a 5-1 lead in the first set.

7.30pm Kevin Anderson has an early break in the first set against Jaume Munar, who he leads 3-1.

7.15pm Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan win the match 6-7 (7), 6-4, 17-15.

6.52 Steve Darcis records a 7-5 6-2, straight-sets victory over Malek Jaziri, who beat Ramkumar Ramanathan last night.  He will play Ivo Karlovic in the semifinal tomorrow.

6.47pm Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan win the second set 6-4, riding on early break of serve. We go into a deciding third set.


Rohan Bopanna during the men's doubles quarterfinal match.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT


6.25pm Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan record the first service break of the match and take a 2-1 lead in the second set.

6.15pm Steve Darcis receives treatment on the abdomen. He is back up and looks alright!

6.13pm Steve Darcis breaks Malek Jaziri to take the first set 7-5. In the men's doubles quarterfinal match, Leander Paes/Miguel Angel Reyes-Vareal win the tie-break and with it the set (7-6(4)).

6.02pm Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan hold serve to take a 6-5 lead.

6.00pm Huge forehand down the line. At 5-5, the game is at Adv-40! Steve Darcis's serving, Malek Jaziri has a break point.

5.53pm Good serves from Malek Jaziri, who serves two aces and hold serve to level the score 4-4. Steve Darcis then holds his serve to lead 5-4 and put pressure on Jaziri's service game.

5.50pm Bopanna/Sharan gift Paes/Reyes-Varela a break point which they don't cash in, though. The game goes to deuce and eventually, Bopanna/Sharan hold the serve to lead 4-3.

5.43pm Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela/Leander Paes hold serve to level the score 3-3 in the first set against Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan.

5.40pm Unforced errors from Malek Jaziri see him broken in the fourth game, but he redeems himself to break back immediately and get back on serve again. Steve Darcis ahead 3-2.

5:35pm Two games all after the first four service games. Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan on serve now.

Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan take on Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela/Leander Paes in the men's doubles quarterfinals.


Ramkumar Ramanathan was knocked out of the Maharashtra Open yesterday, while Ernests Gulbis registered a 7-6(2), 6-2 win against second-seed Hyeon Chung.