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Jeevan & Bopanna beat Paes-Raja pair

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Pune: Tennis player Leander Paesi (India) and Purav Raja (India) in action during a match during Maharashtra Open 2018 Pune, on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad (PTI1_2_2018_000214A)

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Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan’s remarkable progress as a doubles player came to fore as he and Rohan Bopanna began the defence of their title by knocking out Leander Paes and Purav Raja at the Tata Open Maharashtra here Tuesday night. The left-hander from Chennai, the youngest of all four at 29, came out firing on all cylinders as they beat their unseeded rivals 6-3, 6-2 to progress to the quarterfinals. Jeevan, now ranked 102, stood out with his well- calculated lobs and precise strokeplay, making a huge difference to the outcome of the match. In the second set he lost only one point on his serve. In contrast, Raja could not hold his serve even once in the entire match while Paes did his bit.

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