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Rohan Bopanna-Florin Mergea upset number one seeds Bryan brothers at Wimbledon

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 8 July 2015, 19:55 IST

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Rohan Bopanna is playing sensational tennis these days. In what might be considered the turn of the tournament, Bopanna and his partner, Florin Mergea seeded number 9, upset the number one doubles team in the world in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. They won the match in a grueling four-setter that took two hours and 34 minutes to complete. Losing the first set 7-5, Bopanna and Mergea took the game that followed in their stride.

What made the turn of the game even sweeter was that the Bryan brothers were runners-up last year while Bopanna and his then partner, Aisam-ul-Haq Quereshi lost in the second round to the eventual champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock. The Bryan brothers actually won more points in the match - 160 to 155 - but ended up on the losing side.

Bopanna- Mergea are in form this grass season. They won the title at Stuttgart and reached the final at Halle. They also take on the fourth-seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in the semi-finals.

Rising Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna

Rohan Bopanna may have never made it in the singles game but in the doubles, he has been a star for India. First a poster boy of Indian tennis along with his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, he has now moved on to Florin Mergea. His best ranking in doubles has been number three in the world back in 2013. Right now he is ranked 18th in the world. Bopanna has made it to one final, back in the 2010 US Open but ended up on the losing side. This Wimbledon tournament represents his best chance to win a Grand Slam.

Bob & Mike Bryan

The Bryan brothers have conquered the men's doubles circuit over the past decade. They are arguably the greatest doubles team to have ever graced a tennis court. They have held the World No. 1 doubles ranking jointly for a record breaking 422 weeks. They have also finished the ATP year-end as the number one doubles team 10 times making yet another record.

Between 2005 and 2006, they set an Open Era record by competing in seven successive men's doubles Grand Slam finals. They have together won 16 Grand Slam titles which could have been more had they not lost 12 finals. The first Grand Slam they won was back at the French Open in 2003. Overall they have won over 100 titles as a team.

Fun facts: The brothers started playing at the tender age of 2. Mike Bryan beat his brother to the first Grand Slam when he won the mixed doubles title at the 2002 US Open with partner Lisa Raymond. They've won titles in over 13 different countries.

First published: 8 July 2015, 19:55 IST
 
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Sahil is a correspondent at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.

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