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Australian Open 2018, Day 9: Rohan Bopanna-Timea Babos vs Franko Skugor-Vania King, Live Match Updates

Babos & Bopanna def King & Skugor 6-4, 6-4 to enter QF
Updated: 23 January 2018 12:45 IST - Published: 23 January 2018 10:30 IST
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Bopanna is thus the only Indian to have reached the quarter-final stage in any category at the 2018 Australian Open.
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Babos and Bopanna thus march into the quarter-finals. And they are looking pretty good and are definitely one of the title contenders.
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And they HAVE DONE IT!

Bopanna and Babos win the match 6-4, 6-4
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Babos and Bopanna will now serve for the match after their opponents held their serve.

5-4
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As usual the fifth seeds show their nerves of steel under pressure. And that's been the story of the match so far!

They hold and now lead 5-3
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This is a fabulous display on return from King and Skugor.
They have a break point here to.make it 4-4.

Can they?
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And they hold to 30 despite some resistance from their opponents.

Babos and Bopanna up 4-2
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BREAK

With a brilliant combination of forehand and backhand winners, the fifth seeds get the break.

3-2 to Babos and Bopanna
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Still no service break. The set is evenly poised at 2-2
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Love service game from the unseeded pair.

King and Skugor 2-1
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King and Skugor amped up their returns and challenged the fifth seeds.

But Babos and Bopanna held to 30.

1-1
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King and Skugor begin the second set with a good hold.

1-0
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SET

Bopanna and Babos showed their determination as they saved both the break points and bagged the game as well as the set.

6-4 to Babos and Bopanna
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Excellent play from King and Skugor.They have 2 break points!
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Bopanna and Babos pressed matters and forced a deuce on return but couldn't find a breakthrough.

King and Skuhor hold and now trail 4-5
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A couple of comfortable service games from both pairs and now Bopanna and Babos lead 5-3.

They are one game away from taking the first set.
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The serve has been great from the fifth seeds. Yet another comfortable hold from Babos/Bopanna.


4-2
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Easy service game for King and Skugor.

They trail 2-3
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With a few blistering backhands and an ace, the fifth seeds hold to love to consolidate their break.

Babos/Bopanna up 3-1
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BREAK

With a flurry of forehand winners, the fifth seeds force their opponents into errors to earn the first break of the match.

2-1 for Babos/Bopanna
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And Bopanna and Babos too respond with a love service game of their own.


1-1
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It's a hold to love for King and Skugor.

1-0
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Rohan Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Timea Babos will face USA's Vania King and Croatia's Franko Skugor in the second round.

Bopanna and Babos had defeated the unseeded Australian pairing of Ellen Perez and Andrew Whittington 6-2, 6-4 in a first-round mixed doubles match that lasted less than an hour. 

The fifth-seeded Indo-Hungarian pair was totally dominant right from the start of the match and didn’t have to press hard for the victory as they managed to break the serves of their opponents on a consistent basis.

On the other hand, King and Skugor had reached the pre-quarters by seeing off the Australian pair of Anastasia Rodionova and J. Smith.

This is Bopanna’s last chance to get something out of the first Grand Slam of the year as he has already been ousted from the men’s doubles category. Having paired with Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, Bopanna lost in the third round of the men’s doubles.