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Australian Open 2018, Day 7: Leander Paes-Purav Raja vs Juan Sebastian Cabal-Robert Farah, Live Match Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJan 21, 2018 03:41 GMT

Paes/Raja 1-6 2-6 Cabal/Farah

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03:41 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

That's all from here. Do join us for more live action from the Rod Laver Arena where World No. 1 Rafael Nadal takes on Diego Schwartzman in the Round of 16.

03:40 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

It's all over on Court 8. Paes and Raja crash out after a clinical performance from the Colombian pair. They don't have to break much of a sweat to win the match 6-1 6-2 and they are on to the quarters.

03:36 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The Indian pair has a break point. Can they force another game?

03:35 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

It's 30-30 as Paes and Raja still fight on to stay alive in the match.

03:34 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Paes tries to lob it over but the ball falls just outside.  0-15.

03:32 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

And it's another break! Cabal and Farah now lead 5-2. They will serve for the match.

03:31 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Cabal and Farah have two break points, now. Paes and Raja have just not been able to get going today.

03:31 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Raja to serve.

03:29 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

And the 11th seeds win this game as well. They make it 4-2.

03:27 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

That's incredible from the Colombian duo, especially from Cabal. Saves the break point.

03:27 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Paes and Raja have a break point here. Can they make it count?

03:25 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The Indians rally to get two back-to-back points on Cabal's serve.  0-30.

03:23 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Paes' serve is broken as the Colombian pair takes a 3-2 lead in the second set.

03:22 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Cabal and Farah have yet another break point. Can they make this one count?

03:19 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Cabal and Farah make it 2-2 in no time. They are in the mood today.

03:16 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Finally, Raja manages to get the better of Faraj with a brilliant drop shot. 2-1.

03:16 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The game is into its seventh deuce with neither pair showing signs of giving up.

03:12 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Paes and Raja have managed to stay in the game but Cabal and Farah are onto their third break point.

03:08 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The Colombians have an early break point in the second set.

03:07 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Cabal and Farah have been solid so far. They make it 1-1 without any issues whatsoever.

03:03 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The Indian pair holds their serve to make it 1-0.

03:01 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Paes gets us underway in the second set. 15-0.

03:00 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The Colombian pair takes home the first set, losing just one game. What has been the stark difference between the two pairs is the serving. While Cabal and Farah have been far more aggressive, Paes and Raja have been let down by their inconsistency. 

Can the Indian duo stage a fightback? Stay tuned.

02:56 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

2nd break point for Paes and Raja, can they make it count?

02:55 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

It looks like there's a slight drizzle at the moment as Paes and Raja earn their first break point of the match.

02:53 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Incredible from Paes. His return forced Cabal to withdraw from his advanced position, and then the veteran Indian found the tightest of angles as he hit the winner! TERRIFIC! 0-15.

02:52 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

And the Colombian pair has broken yet again in the first set, They lead 5-1.

02:51 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

A solid return from Cabal sees the 11th seeds get two break points. Will they be able to break again?

02:49 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Paes starts off with a double fault. That's so unlike him.

02:47 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Cabal and Farah manage to hold on to their serve, yet again. 4-1.

02:47 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Brilliant from Raja and Paes as they manage to outwit their opponents. 30-40.

02:44 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

And it's a break! Cabal and Farah have found a way through early in the match. 3-1.

02:43 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

That's a terrific return from Farah. The Colombians have two break points in the first set already.

02:41 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Raja to serve and he starts off with an ace. Way to go! 15-0.

02:40 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The Colombian duo hold their serve to make it 2-1 in the first set.

02:39 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The 11th seeds are into their groove early in the match. Paes and  Raja have a tough ask ahead of them.

02:36 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Paes and Raja rally to make it 1-1.

02:33 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Paes to serve and that's a brilliant first serve. 15-0.

02:32 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Cabal and Farah take the first game, as they make a good comeback after losing the first point. 1-0.

02:29 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Brilliant combination from Paes as Raja as the Indian pair manage to get the first point of the day. 0-15.

02:20 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The players get a warm reception from the crowd as they walk on to the court.

02:12 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

The match, which is on  Court 8, will start in a while.

02:11 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the pre-quarterfinal match between Leander Paes-Purav Raja and Juan Sebastian Cabal-Robert Farah. To take you through the match, this is Sagnik. Good morning, all!

20:11 (GMT)20 JAN 2018

The Indian pair of the veteran Leander Paes and Purav Raja would face the Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the pre-quarters of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Sunday at 7:30 am IST. 
 
The oldest pair in the grand slam at the combined age of 76 beat the pair of the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and the Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 6-3 in straight sets in the Round of 64 of the grand slam. 
 
Then, in the Round of 32, they faced the pair of Englishman Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares whom they beat 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 in a neck to neck encounter. The three-hour match involved the first and the last set going to tie-breakers and Paes and Raja saved a match point in the last set to win the tie-breaker 8-6. 
 
The unseeded pair of the Indians would face the 11th seeded pair of the Colombians in the Round of 16. Naturally, the Colombians are favourites for qualifying for the quarter-final round.
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