Paes, Bhupathi crash out of Rome Masters

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Rome, May 9 (UNI) Indian tennis stars Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out of the Rome Masters tennis tournament after losing their respective doubles matches here.

While Paes and his American partner Paul Hanley went down to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland yesterday, the Indo-Bahamian pair of Bhupathi and Mark Knowles was upstaged by the Spanish pair of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.

The fourth seeded pair of Bhupathi-Knowles was stunned by their unseeded opponents 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-7.

The eighth seeded Paes-Hanley duo meanwhile, started in a positive fashion, taking the first set. But the Polish pair staged a brilliant recovery to claim the next two sets to take the tie 4-6, 6-3, 10-6.

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