The fifth-seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea crashed out of the 2016 BNP Paribas Open on Saturday after suffering a defeat at the hands of Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez. The Indo-Romanian pair went down 6-2, 4-6, 4-10 to the Spain duo in an encounter, which lasted more than an hour.
After crashing out of the Dubai Tennis Championships in the first round in February, Bopanna and Florin Mergea once again faced a shock first round exit, this time losing to Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez in the 2016 BNP Paribas Open. The Indo-Romanian pair started the match brightly breaking the Spaniards twice in the first set to take the opening set 6-2. Bopanna and
However, the second game proved to be a totally different contest with the Spaniards mounting a spirited comeback. They broke Bopanna and
In the decider, the Indo-Romanian duo continued their romance with double faults and committed two to gift the advantage to their rivals. Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez took the chance with both hands and romped home to register an upset victory by claiming the decider 10-4 to move into the second round.