Indian doubles pairs progress

Veteran Leander Paes and Purav Raja outplayed their opponents to progress to the men's doubles second round at the Australian Open and were joined by Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan with their respective partners.

Paes and Raja dispatched the pair of Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 6-3 in their opening round. They will face fifth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, one of the most consistent teams in the previous season.

Divij and American Rajeev Ram, seeded 16th, edged out Marius Copil of Romania and Serbia's Viktor Troicki 7-6 (5), 6-4 in their opening round.

They will now fight it out with Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers.

Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, the tenth seeds, fought off a late charge from Ryan Harrison and Vasek Pospisil to prevail 6-2, 7-6(5).

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