24/01/2018 – The Hungarian-Indian pair came back from a break down in both sets.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (55 000 000 AUD, HARD COURT), MIXED DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Rohan Bopanna (Hungarian, Indian, 5)-Abigail Spears, Juan Sebastian Cabal (American, Colombian) 6:4, 7:6 (7-5)|
The match lasted 1 hour 15 minutes in Melbourne.
The Hungarian-Indian pair did not lose their serve in the previous two rounds, but in the QF they’ve been in a difficult position several times. In the 29-minute first act Spears and Cabal broke the opponent to 40 after 1:1, and then they led 3:1. The fifth seeds came back in the sixth game, and they broke the opponent after 5:4. So, they finished the first act.
Timi and Bopanna, this time, again broke Cabal. The Colombian player saved three et points after 0-40, but he could not hold his serve, finally.
The second set was even more revolutionary and tighter. Spears and Cabal broke the fifth seeds in the opening game, but the advantage was “lived” only to the sixth game this time. Timi and Bopanna also broke the opponent to 40. Then, after 4:4, the US-Colombian couple got into another break, then lost their serve to 40.
Soon the tie-break came, which, of course, brought a thriller. The Hungarian-Indian double also led to 2-0, but lost two serves after 2-1. Fortunately, Timi and Bopanna came back strongly, they won four points in a row (6-3). Spears and Cabal have even saved two match points, but could not had a chance after the Hungarian player’s excellent serve.
Timi and Bopanna will meet in the semifinal María José Martínez Sánchez (Spanish, WTA-doubles: 24.) and Marcelo Demoliner (Brazilian, ATP-doubles: 35).