DUBAI: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi progressed to the doubles quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships after overcoming qualifiers Nikolay Davydenko and Victor Hanescu via Super Tie breaker.
The second seeded Indo-Pak pair defeated the Russian-Romanian combo 6-1 5-7 10-8 in one hour and 28 minutes in the opening round of the $2,359,935 hard court tournament.
They next meet winner of the first round match between the pairs of the Oliver Marach/ Florin Mergea and Mahesh Bhupathi/Denis Istomin.
Bopanna and Qureshi broke their rivals twice to run away with the opening set. However, Davydenko and Hanescu regrouped to break the second seeds twice in the second set to stretch the match to a Super Tie-Breaker.
Bopanna and Qureshi held their nerves to edge past the Russian-Romanian pair in the Super Tie-Breaker.