French Open: Bhupathi-Knowles pair out of doubles

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Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles
Paris, Jun 1: Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out in the pre-quarter finals of the men's doubles event at the French Open here, losing in a tough three-setter against unseeded Jose Acasuso of Argentina and Fernando Gonzalez of Chile.

Though the Indo-Bahamian pair toiled hard on the court for an hour and 56 minutes against the surprise package of Acasuso and Gonzalez before eventually losing the gruesome third round encounter 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Interestingly there was nothing much to differentiate between the fourth seeded pair and their opponent apart from the total number of points won. While Bhupathi-Knowles won 96 points in the entire match, their opponents scored a perfect 100.

Bhupathi's campaign in this year's French Open came to a sad end with this loss, as partnering Sania Mirza, he had already crashed out of the mixed doubles event, losing in the first round in straight sets against French-Israeli duo of Nathalie Dechy and Andy Ram.

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