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Australian Open 2018, Semi-final: Rohan Bopanna-Timea Babos vs Marcelo Demoliner-M. Martinez Sanchez, Live Match Updates

Babos and Bopanna def Martinez Sanchez and Demoliner 7-5, 5-7, (10-6) to enter final
Updated: 26 January 2018 16:29 IST - Published: 26 January 2018 12:36 IST
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And that's it from all of us at Sportskeeda! It's great to have an Indian back in a Grand Slam final!

Thanks for staying with us!

Do join us tomorrow as we bring you live updates from Day 13 of the 2018 Australian Open.

Goodbye!

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What a day it has been for Indian fans on Republic Day! 

Bopanna was the star of the show. He served well, volleyed well, returned well and was the best player on the court out of the four!

Bopanna will now aim to win the second Slam of his career after triumphing at the French Open last year. Interestingly, he faces Gaby Dabrowski on the other side of the court, the very player he won the French Open title with. Dabrowski is partnering Mate Pavic this time.

As for Babos, she will look to win her second title at the 2018 Australian Open after grabbing the women's doubles title alongside Kristina Mladenovic.
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Final score: Babos and Bopanna def Martinez Sanchez and Demoliner 7-5, 5-7, (10-6) to enter final
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Demoliner returns wide!


BABOS AND BOPANNA WIN THE MATCH TIE-BREAK 10-6

THEY ARE THROUGH TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN MIXED DOUBLES FINAL!!!!!!!
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Rare miss from Bopanna


9-6
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Good volley from Demoliner

5-9
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What a volley from Bopanna!

Match points!

9-4
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Babos misses a down the line backhand

8-4
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Good pickup from Martinez Sanchez

3-8
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Down the middle from Bopanna

8-2
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Off forehand from Bopanna!

7-2
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Big kick serve from Bopanna

6-2
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Excellent Bopanna volley!

5-2
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MINIBREAK to Babos and Bopanna as Demoliner fumbles at the net

4-2
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Volley from Bopanna

3-2
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Low backhand from Babos

2-2
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Martinez Sanchez and Demoliner 2-1

On serve
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Martinez Sanchez comes up with a drop after Bopanna's good serve

It's 1-1 in the match tie-break
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Babos went for too much...her crosscourt backhand sails wide!

SECOND SET TO DEMOLINER AND MARTINEZ SANCHEZ!!!!!

7-5
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And Babos makes amends with ferocious returns on the Martinez Sanchez serve

DEUCE!
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AND MARTINEZ SANCHEZ AND DEMOLINER BREAK!

6-5

THEY WILL ATTEMPT TO SERVE FOR THE SET
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What a ridiculous way to face break point on the Babos serve!

Babos hit Bopanna's head as he stood at the net and they face 2 break points, serving at 5-5
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Now can they get the crucial break?
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Thunderous service game from Rohan Bopanna....served huge and volleyed too.

Babos and Bopanna lead 5-4
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Martinez Sanchez holds her serve to love and makes this set all even

It's 4-4
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Demoliner and Martinez Sanchez hold their serve under pressure.


3-3
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Bopanna was under pressure on his serve as he faced a break point...but a fabulous volley forced an error off Demoliner and then Bopanna produced a big serve to hold

3-2 for Babos and Bopanna
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Tremendous resilience from Martinez Sanchez and Demoliner as they save two break points and manage to hold their serve!

2-2
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Bopanna shows his deft touch at the net and forces Martinez Sanchez to push the ball out!

They lead 2-1

Still on serve!
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And it's 1-1 in Set 2
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And Babos and Bopanna start off things convincingly in Set 2.

They hold and lead 1-0
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Martinez Sanchez and Demoliner save both those set points but can't save the deciding point as the Spaniard pushes the ball into the net.

Babos and Bopanna grab the first set 7-5


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And Bopanna's returns continue to take the centre stage!

They have 2 set points!
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Bopanna shows his brilliance as he intercerpts and wins the point for his team.

Babos and Bopanna lead 6-5
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Babos continues to make double fault.

She won the women's doubles title just a couple of hours back! Probably still struggling to keep those emotions in check and focus fully on this.
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Demoliner holds his serve to love.

5-5

Demoliner and Martinez Sanchez look way more comfortable than before!
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Babos and Bopanna hold their serve and they have a slight advantage here 

5-4
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the set is back on level terms!


4-4
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AND THEY BREAK BACK!

THE SET IS BACK ON SERVE!

Bopanna and Babos still lead 4-3
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That invigorates Demolioner and he comes up with a great return.

Break point 
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But Babos makes a double fault here and it is 30-30 on her serve
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Babos and Bopanna look very solid right now and their team looks very, very powerful at the moment.

More pace and power than their opponents!
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Demoliner holds his service despite some stiff resistance from Babos and Bopanna.

2-4
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An easy service game to consolidate the break!

Up 4-1
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Bopanna is serving well and returning fabulously as well.

Been the star of the show so far!
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AND THEY BREAK!

BABOS AND BOPANNA ARE UP 3-1
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Sensational return from Bopanna and they earn a break point!
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So far, so good!

No breakthrough on serve from either pair

Babos/Bopanna lead 2-1
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And Demoliner and Martinez Sanchez too reply in style!

It's 1-1
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There were some fabulous returns but Bopanna manages to hold his serve to 30.

1-0 to Babos/Bopanna