Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (cap) of Pakistan play a shot during their doubles match against Michael Llodra of France and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 24, 2011.
The menâ€™s tennis doubles team known as the Indo-Pak Express was finally derailed in Melbourne, Australia. The team, consisting of Pakistanâ€™s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Indiaâ€™s Rohan Bopanna, lost this week in the third round of the Australian Open menâ€™s doubles event 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3) to the team of Michael Llodra of France and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia. The only consolation to losing the hard-fought match was that they lost to a higher-seeded team, with Llodra and Zimonjic seeded eighth in the menâ€™s doubles division and Qureshi and Bopanna seeded tenth. And in fact, Zimonjic himself is ranked number three in the world as a doubles player. Bopanna and Qureshi are ranked number 16 and number 18 respectively as individual doubles players and are ranked tenth in the world as a team. Ironically if the so-called Indo-Pak Express had prevailed, they would have played the all-Indian team of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes in the quarterfinals.