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US OPEN TENNIS 2010 UPDATE 8: BOPANNA, QURESHI GO DOWN, BUT WIN HEARTS

US OPEN TENNIS 2010 UPDATE 8: BOPANNA, QURESHI GO DOWN, BUT WIN HEARTS

Source: usopen.org

It was a highly anticipated Men’s Doubles Final between the Bryan brothers and Indo-Pak pairing of Bopanna/Qureshi. The Indo-Pak pair, who had enjoyed a dream run on the way to their first ever Grand Slam finals, was up against the World No 1 and arguably one of the greatest ever doubles pairing of Bryan brothers. 9 Grand Slam titles (including today’s title), a record 64 doubles titles on the tour, World No 1 for 201 consecutive weeks at one time and much more, the Bryan brothers are a pair with pedigree and class written all over them.

Sometimes, when you suddenly find yourselves on the grand stage against big opponents, you tend to get overawed by the situation and can’t quite give your best. It was a similar grand stage for Bopanna/Qureshi, playing in a Grand Slam final in front of a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium. But, they didn’t allow the occasion get to them and played the confident and aggressive brand of tennis which had brought them thus far; matching Bryan brothers shot for shot and rally after rally.

Though Bopanna/Qureshi eventually went down in straight sets 6-7, 6-7, they didn’t have their serves broken even once in the match and even led 3-0 and 2-0 in both tie-breakers. The difference between the two teams in the end was the experience of the Bryan brothers, who played the big points to perfection, while Bopanna/Qureshi just didn’t know how to close out the sets. I think closing out sets and matches comes with experience of playing in such big matches and Bopanna/Qureshi will learn that skill with time.

From coming in unheralded as 16th seeds and not expected to go too far to beating the No 2 seeds Nestor/ Zimonjic in Round 3, and also getting past 10th seeds Moodie/Norman in the quarter finals and making it all the way to the big final, Bopanna/Quereshi had a dream tournament. It would have been a classic case of fairy tale if they had won the title. But nevertheless, they gave their best and made Bryan brothers work hard for the title. Even though it was straight sets, the shot making from Bopanna/Qureshi did have the Bryans rattled many a time and the match was tight.

For the Indian tennis fans, which have always looked up to Paes and Bhupathi to provide them Grand Slam titles, this was definitely a heartening display by Bopanna/Qureshi. I just hope that it was not a one-off performance by the pair and they would be a force to reckon with in the future Grand Slams as well.

For now, Bopanna/Qureshi may have gone down; they did win many hearts, including mine…

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