Rohan Bopanna- Matwe Middelkoop Save 5 Match Points to Knock Out Wimbledon Champions From Roland Garros

The never-dead spirit was in action as Rohan Bubana and Matthieu Middelkoop saved five match points to knock out Mati Pavic and Wimbledon champion Nicole Mektic from Roland Garros, on Saturday.

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Bubana’s serve was as poisonous as it had been throughout his career and his shots were as powerful as ever as his Dutch partner showed perfect calm under pressure in a move on the edge of the bench in the third round of the men’s doubles.

A break early in the third set put them at a disadvantage but there was no dearth of spirit or class from Bubanna and Middelkoop, who ultimately prevailed 6-7 (5) 7-6 (3) 7-6 (10) in two hours. and 32 minutes.

Thus, Boubana achieved his best performance on clay by reaching the quarter-finals, having done so four times in the past.

Including each set, pairs Mektic and Pavic had a straight break opportunity in the crucial third set opener when Middlekoop fired a long forehand at 30-all.

Middelkoop put in a superb serve for the first time but Mektic found a strong comeback that the Dutch couldn’t fire over the net, with a backhand kick kissing the net.

Miktic had absolutely no problem making it 2-0 with a comfortable grip. Bubana kept his power and left-handed Pavic also remained solid on serve as the second seed was now 3-1 up.

Bopanna missed a backhand, near the net when he sent Middelkoop on 30-30 to land another stop but they saved that and the next one too.

They eventually held onto Bubana by ending the match with a backhand kick.

Pavic was pressured when Bubana fired in a stunning goal on the return serve, and also sent Middelkoop on a ferocious return to make it falter, but the long southern exit made two big serves to set his partner on the way to winning with an easy shot on return.

Miktic was serving the match in the 10th game but clearly he was feeling the pressure.

By a match point difference, Middelkoop found a winner to make it falter while Bobana pulled off a stunning forehand in the second leg, his shot just kissing the line, earning a break that they managed 5-5.

Momentum has shifted.

Bubana came out shooting all the records holding love. Bavich also served big, breaking the tie.

The second seed held 9-6 to take a number of match points, but the Indo-Dutch team continued to fight in an amazing fashion and eventually saved four more match points in the super inning.

They got their first match point when the opponents lost the score 10-10. Pavic served decently while facing match point but Middlekop came back with an angle, which was put down by the left-handed.

Middlekop fell to the ground in disbelief as Bubana let out a roar.

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