Bopanna-Qureshi storm into semifinals

Bopanna-Qureshi storm into semifinals

The “Indo-Pak Express”, seed number one, was taken by surprise by its unseeded opponents who broke Bopanna and Qureshi once to run away with the first set comfortably.
However, Bopanna and Qureshi managed to get their act together and bounced back in the second set before wrapping the match in the deciding third set.

Last year's Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych survived a major first-round scare in the singles competition on Tuesday, saving three match points to struggle past 169th ranked Belgian Ruben Bemelmans 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.

Bemelmans carved out three match points in the second set tiebreak but Berdych held firm, first firing a winner that bounced just in, then hitting a volley before grinding out a baseline rally to stay in the match and win it in the third set.

World number eight Gael Monfils had far less trouble against fellow Frenchman Florent Serra, easing into the second round with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.  Former world number two Tommy Haas ran out of steam in his ongoing comeback, losing to Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.

The loss of fan favourite Haas was more bad news for the organisers who on Tuesday said they were "shocked and disappointed" that five-time Halle champion Federer pulled out at the last minute on Monday.

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