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A look at the major achievements of the Indo-Pak Express Rohan Bopanna and Aisamul Qureshi

Former partners in tennis the as “Indo-Pak Express”, comprising Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan’s Aisam ul Haq Qureshi reunited once again, the second time in the year for the Sofia Open. Here's a look at their major achievements.

A look at the major achievements of the Indo-Pak Express Rohan Bopanna and Aisamul Qureshi

The Bridge Desk

Published: 29 Sep 2021 6:09 AM GMT

Former partners in tennis the as "Indo-Pak Express", comprising Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam ul Haq Qureshi reunited once again, the second time in the year for the Sofia Open - an ATP 250 event. Tennis remains a highly popular sport for betting and 1xBet has brought a revolution in the betting ecosytem.

Bopanna and Qureshi had earlier teamed up after almost seven years for the Mexican Open in March this year. This reunion of the Indo-Pak comes at a time when political tensions between the two countries have once again reached great heights with a war of words in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi were one of the most feared men's doubles pairs during their younger days in the early 2000s. The duo has won a total of five ATP titles together had even reached the final of the US Open 2010.

In their opening match, the pair was up against Austria's Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald.

Here's a look at their best performances so far:

South African Open 2021

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi clinched their first ATP World Tour doubles title after a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 10-5 victory over Karol Beck and Harold Levy in the final of $442,500 South African Open.

Unseeded Bopanna and Qureshi won an ATP doubles title together in their third attempt. It was Beck and Levy who had the momentum when the rain struck with the Slovakian-Israeli duo leading 6-2, 1-1 in the second set. When play resumed, Bopanna and Qureshi broke serve in the sixth game to lead 4-2 before the latter serving out the set to level the match. In the deciding match tie-break, Bopanna and Qureshi played out of their skin to take it 10-5 and seal victory after 68 minutes.

Halle Open 2011

Top seeds Bopanna and Qureshi lived up to their billing and won their second ATP title, overcoming Robin Haase and Milos Raonic 7-6 (8), 3-6, 11-9 in the summit clash of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

It took the Indo-Pak pair one hour and 19 minutes to beat the Dutch-Canadian combination. The Indo-Pak pair could not convert any of the four breakpoints, three in the opening set, and also dropped their serve in the second set but held their nerves in the Super Tiebreak to clinch the issue.

Stokholm Open 2011

Bopanna and Qureshi won their second ATP doubles title of 2011, and third overall together, after outplaying Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in straight sets in the summit clash of the Stockholm Open. The top-seeded Indo-Pak pair lived up to its top billing as they downed the Brazilian opponents 6-1, 6-4 in just 57 minutes in the final of the euro 600,00 hard court event. Overall, it was Bopanna's fourth ATP doubles title as he had won a title in 2008 with American Eric Butorac at Los Angeles.

US Open runners up Rohan Bopanna and Aisamul Qureshi (Source: Outlook)

Paris Masters 2011

The Indo-Pak pair captured their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title when they outclassed Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Masters final in 2011. The Indo-Pak Express were too strong for the French wild cards. Bopanna and Qureshi beat No. 2 seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic and No. 3 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor to reach their first Masters 1000 final together.

The seventh seeds made a strong start racing to a 5-2 double break advantage before closing out the first set in 29 minutes. In the close second set, they broke down their French opponents in the ninth game before serving out a victory in 64 minutes.

Dubai Tennis Championships 2014

The pair won their fifth ATP World Tour doubles title and the first since reuniting at the start of 2014 by beating Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

They claimed victory in 68 minutes, winning 78 per cent of their service points and breaking the top seeds twice from seven opportunities. It was Bopanna and Qureshi's first title together since the 2011 BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

Apart from these five major wins, the duo has finished as runners ups nine ATP doubles runners. Some of the major tournaments include the US Open, St. Petersberg Open, Hall of Fame Championships 2008 ATP International.

US Open 2010

One of the biggest sets of achievements by the duo was during the 2010 US Open when they reached the final. It was a breakthrough season for them as the pair reached the doubles quarter-final at Wimbledon before reaching their first grand slam final.

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