Cincinnati Masters: Bopanna-Dodig pair storm into quarterfinals, Mirza-Peng seal semifinal berth

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 18 August 2017, 11:20 AM

Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig overcame a stiff resistance from Juan Sebastian Cabal and Fabio Fognini to reach the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday.

The seventh seeds Bopanna and Dodig, who ended finalists at the Rogers Cup last week in Montreal made a resounding comeback to humble the Colombian-Italian pair 5-7 7-5 10-8 in a second round match.

In the WTA event, being run simultaneously, Sania Mizra and Shuai Peng have reached the semifinals with a 6-3 6-7(1) 10-3 win over Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru.

In their fiercely fought match, which lasted one hour and 41 minutes, Bopanna and Dodig broke their rivals once but also dropped serve one time.

To Cabal and Fognini's credit, they saved as many as seven break points to make it as tough for Bopanna and Dodig as possible. Bopanna and Dodig next face second seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, who beat Diego Schwartzman and Mischa Zverev 7-5 6-2.

Bopanna is the only Indian left in the tournaments after Ramkumar Ramanathan's second round defeat in the singles and Leander Paes' first round defeat with Alexander Zverev in the doubles first round. 

First Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 11:10 AM
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