Wimbledon 2017: Purav Raja-Divij Sharan pair advance to second round of men's doubles event

06 July 2017, 10:45 AM
Wimbledon 2017
Wimbledon 2017

Unseeded Indian duo of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan advanced to the second round of the men's doubles event at the Wimbledon with a hard-fought four-set victory over British-Portuguese pair of Kyle Edmund and Joao Sousa.

The Indian sealed the opening round encounter 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in little over three hours. In fact, Raja-Sharan saved a set point in the tie-breaker of the fourth set before breaking the opposition's serve to wrap up the set and match at 8-6.

This is the best performance for the duo at the SW19 as they have never been able to get past the first round hurdle in their previous attempts at the Championship.

Ranked 57th in the ATP doubles rankings, Raja and Sharan held their serve till the 12th game before upping the ante in the tie-breaker to win the set at 7-2.

After losing the second set 3-6, the Indians did well to break the opposition serve in the second game of the third set and maintained the single break lead to win the third set 6-4.The fourth set was also closely contested before the Indians prevailed on the 14th point of the tie-breaker. 

(With Inputs from PTI)

First Published: Thursday, July 06, 2017 10:39 AM

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