Melbourne, Jan 21 (PTI) India''s Rohan Bopanna andAisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan entered the third round ofmen''s doubles in Australian Open after a hard-fought three-setvictory over the Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Arnaud Clement6-3 4-6 6-4, here today.
The "Indo-Pak Express", who had an easy outing yesterdayduring their first round match against Brazilian pair ofFranco Ferreiro and Andre Sa, faced a tough challenge from theFrench duo today.
The 10th-seeded Asian duo scored just one break point inthe first set to bag it 6-3, but the pair lost the momemtum inthe next set, even as their opponents cashed in on theirchances to return the favour 4-6.
The final and the deciding set saw both the doubles teamsfight it hard to reign supreme but it was Bopanna-Qureshi whofinally managed to prevail with a 6-4 win to seal the match inlittle over one and a half hours.
Bopanna-Qureshi, runners-up of last year''s US Open, willnext play France''s Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimmonjic ofSerbia.
Meanwhile, the Indian duo of Leander Paes and MaheshBhupathi will face Spain''s Feliciano Lopez and Juan Monaco ofArgentina in their second round match tomorrow.