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On Monday, June 3, the Indo-Australian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden, the second seeds, defeated the Indo-Mexican pair of N Sriram Balaji and Miguel Reyes-Varela in the third round of the French Open. In a hard-fought three sets battle, Bopanna and Ebden got back from a set down to register a 6-7(2-7), 6-3, 7 -6(10-8) win.

The first set saw both pairings hold their serve right throughout, which meant that it went to a tie-breaker. Balaji and Reyes-Varela performed exceptionally in the tie-breaker against Bopanna and Ebden, to ensure that the first set went in their favour.

Bopanna-Ebden reach QFs after defeating Balaji-Varela 6-7, 6-3, 7-6

With a set down, Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden brought their A-game to the French Open third round match. They registered the first break of serve in the contest against N Sriram Balaji and Miguel Reyes-Varela in the fourth game before consolidating their advantage, to take the second set 6-3.

In the third set, there weren’t any breaks of serve either, which led to the match going to the super tie-breaker. Both pairings kept fighting tooth-and-nail in the super tie-breaker, but the Australian Open champions were too strong in the crunch moments to win the set and the match.

Earlier, Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden received a bye in the second round after getting the better of Orlando Luz and Marcelo Zormann from Brazil in the first round of the French Open in three sets.