Rohan Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Timea Babos frittered away a one set advantage, going down to Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski in the Australian Open mixed doubles final on Sunday. The fifth-seeded Bopanna and Babos lost 6-2, 4-6, 9-11 to the Croat-Canadian pair of Pavic and Dabrowski, seeded eighth, in a match which lasted one hour and eight minutes.
Bopanna and Babos dominated the opening set, helped to a great extent, by their erratic opponents, who conceded seven break points. The Indo-Hungarian combine converted two of those chances to claim the early advantage.
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However, Pavic and Dabrowski roared back into the match in the second set.
Their serve was flawless and the pair did not concede a single break point. It was Bopanna and Babos' turn to become erratic now and they were broken once by Pavic and Dabrowski before drawing level.
The two teams headed to a tie-breaker from here and after a gruelling contest, Pavic and Dabrowski emerged triumphant.
Interestingly, Bopanna had won his maiden Grand Slam crown at the 2017 French Open with Dabrowski.
(With PTI Inputs)