Bopanna-Mergea lose first round of Swiss Indoors

Basel: Indo-Romanian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea suffered their second straight first round loss when they went down to Austrian-Brazilian combine of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the men’s doubles first round of the Swiss Indoors here.

Peya and Soares took just an hour and two minutes on Monday to oust Bopanna and Mergea 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 from the 1.5 million-euro tournament, being held on the indoor hard courts of the St. Jakobshalle.

Bopanna and Mergea had also lost the Vienna Open first round last week.

The Indo-Romanian pair took off well to clinch the first set, breaking their opponents once more than Peya and Soares to go ahead in the match. But they were totally drubbed in the second set as they were twice broken to lose six of the seven games played.

In the deciding super tie-break, the Austrian-Brazilian combination proved just a tad bit better to avenge the loss they suffered in the Stuttgart Open final in June.