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Australian Open 2018, Day 8: Divij Sharan-Rajeev Ram vs Marcelo Melo-Lukasz Kubot, Live Match Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJan 22, 2018 04:10 GMT

Sharan-Ram 6-3, 6-7 (4-7) Kubot-Melo

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04:10 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

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04:04 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Sharan and Ram put up a good fight against the top-seeded pairing of Kubot and Melo, but came up short in the end, as the Brazilian-Polish pair ended up winning the match 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

04:02 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

And they have done it! Kubot and Melo have clinched the third and deciding set 6-4, to make it through to the next round!

03:59 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Sharan and Ram have pulled one back to make it 5-4, but Kubot and Melo are just one game away from the victory.

03:55 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Kubot and Melo seem to be in cruise control now. They breezed through their service game to take a 5-3 lead in the deciding set.

03:52 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

The World No.1 pair has struck a breakpoint here, as they take a 4-3 lead!

03:49 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

But Kubot and Melo roar back to level the scores at 3-3!

03:43 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Now Ram and Sharan hold serve with relative ease. 3-2!

03:40 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

But the Wolrd No.1 pair have held their serve  to draw level at 2-2!

03:36 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Sharan and Ram hold their serve again, to take a 2-1 lead!

03:30 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Kubot and Melo hold serve to make it 1-1. This match seems to be taking a similar pattern.

03:24 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Ran and Sharan start off the third set on a positive note as they hold their serve. 1-0!

03:17 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Kubot-Melo win 2nd set 7-6 (7-4)

However, Kubot and Melo hold their nerve to clinch the tie-breaker 7-4 in the end!

03:15 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Ran-Sharan pull another back, to make it 4-6.

03:15 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

A good point from Ram-Sharan brings them back to within 1 point, but Melo-Kubot stretch their lead to 6-3 now

03:13 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Kubot and Melo race into a 2-point lead at the change of sides, as they lead 4-2!

03:12 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Both the two teams have gotten one point each, to make it 3-2.

03:10 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

They even go on to takae the  lead at 2-1!

03:10 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

But Ram-Sharan pull it back to 1-1!

03:10 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Kubot-Melo get te first point. 1-0.

03:09 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

And with that, we got into the tie-break of the 2nd set, as Ran and Sharan draw level at 6-6!

03:07 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Kubot and Melo take the crucial point off their service game, to make i6-5!

03:03 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

5-5! Sharan and Raja hold serve yet again!  This set is turning out to be closer than ever!

03:01 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Kubot and Melo take the lead again, at 5-4! This set is going right down to the wire.

02:55 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

And they draw level again! Sharaj-Ram make it 4-4!

02:52 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

For the first time in the match, Melo and Kubot don't give away a single point, as they win the game to make the score 4-3 in their favour.

02:49 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

But Sharan and Ram barely break sweat, as they hold serve and draw level yet again, at 3-3!

02:46 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Kubot-Melo survived an almighty scare, before they hold their serve, to make it 3-2! They negotiated two break points in that game.

02:35 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Ram-Sharan make short work of their service game yet again, to make it 2-2!

02:32 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

An unforced error gives it away in the end! Melo-Kubot take a 2-1 lead!

02:29 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Ram and Sharan continue their good momentum to hold serve and make it 1-1!

02:27 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Sharan and Ram start off the second set on a good note, as they take the game right to the end. However, Kubot and Melo got their act together at the right moment, to take a 1-0 lead.

02:20 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Sharan-Ram win 1st set 6-3!

Kubot and Melo put up a good fight in the last game, but the Indo-American pair managed to fight off the challenge and secure the first set 6-3.

02:18 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Ram-Sharan get yet another easy break, as they race through to a 5-3 lead.

02:14 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

After a bit of struggle, Sharan and Ram manage to hold their serve, to shoot into the lead at 4-3!

02:12 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

And we have the first break of the match, as Sharan and Ram generate three break points before clinching the crucial game. 3-3!

02:10 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

And Kubot-Melo take yet another game to make it 3-2 in their favour!

02:05 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Sharan and Ram gave it a real go to get a break in this game. They managed to take it to deuce on three occasions before Melo and Kubot clinched the point in the end. 2-2!

01:56 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

However, the Indo-American pair holds serve yet again, to make it 2-1 in their favour!

01:54 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Kubot also starts things off for the Brazilian-Polish pair with a successful hold of serve. 1-1

01:53 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Rajeev Ram starts off the match by holding his serve with relative ease, not even giving away a single point in the game. 1-0 to Ram-Sharan

01:51 (GMT)22 JAN 2018

Hello and Welcome to our coverage of the Men's doubles match between Sharan/Ram and Melo/Kubot at the Hisense Court. The match is set to get underway shortly

21:28 (GMT)21 JAN 2018

Indo-American pair of Divij Sharan and Rajeev Ram will take on Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot in the pre-quarters of the Australian Open on Monday. 

Sharan and Ram have enjoyed a very successful campaign so far. The 16th seeds saw off V. Troicki and M. Copil in the first round with ease, winning 7-6, 6-4. But they had it a little more difficult in the second round when they came up against Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers. 

After losing the first set 4-6, Sharan and Ram staged a brilliant comeback to take the next two sets 7-6, 6-2. It is the first time that Sharan will feature in the third round of the Australian Open. 

However, the duo has their task cut out as they will take on the No. 1 seeds Melo and Kubot in the Round of 16, who are yet to lose a set in the tournament this year. 

It will be an interesting match but it is unlikely that Sharan and Ram will progress to the quarters. 

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