India’s Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin lost the semifinal of the ATP Sydney International to world number one team of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo here on Thursday.
In a closely-fought semifinal, the fourth-seeded Indo-French pair suffered a 4-6 7-5 8-10 defeat in the hour and 29 minutes-long battle.
Kubot and Melo will now lock horns against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff and Romanian Viktor Troicki, who had defeated second seeded Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 7-6(5) 6-1 in an another semifinal. It was the last tournament in build up to the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open.
Bopanna had played the season-opening Tata Open Maharashtra with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in Pune, losing in the quarter-finals.