Wimbledon: Paes-Shamasdin duo crashes out

Leander Paes and Adil Shamasdin lost 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (2), 8-10 in a match that lasted four hours.

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Leander Paes (left) returns as his partner Canada's Adil Shamasdin stands ready at the net during their first round match.

A brilliant comeback by Austrian duo — Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald — knocked Leander Paes and Adil Shamasdin out of Wimbledon on Thursday.

Paes and Shamasdin lost 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (2), 8-10 in a match that lasted four hours.

The Indo-Canadian pair converted two out of three break points to take the first set. Paes and Shamasdin, then pocketed the second set with a break.

Oswald and Knowle arrested the slide in the third, outscoring their opponents. They scored 30 points, twice breaking their opponents' serve.

The pairs traded blows in the fourth with one break apiece. But the Austrian duo won a flurry of points to take the set when it entered the tie-breaker.

For 16 games, the decider didn't see a break, despite Knowle and Oswald getting two opportunities. They, however, converted their next break point, taking a decisive 9-8 lead, and then, held their serve to win the match.