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Bopanna, Shapovalov move to second round; Paes-Duran pair exits US Open

Bopanna, Shapovalov move to second round; Paes-Duran pair exits US Open
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India experienced a mixed day at the US Open as Rohan Bopanna advanced to the men's doubles second round with Denis Shapovalov but Leander Paes made a first-round exit with Guillermo Duran here.

New York : India experienced a mixed day at the US Open as Rohan Bopanna advanced to the men's doubles second round with Denis Shapovalov but Leander Paes made a first-round exit with Guillermo Duran here.

Bopanna and his Canadian partner knocked out formidable fourth-seeded French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-3 6-1 in just 55 minutes on Friday night. Bopanna and Shapovalov lost their serve twice but broke their rivals six times out of seven chances.

Paes and Argentina's Guillermo Duran lost 5-7 2-6 to Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic and Norway's Casper Ruud. Divij Sharan and Monaco's Hugo Nys had also lost their first round to Robert Carballes Baena and Federico Delbonis on Thursday.

Heckler helps 'almost pain-free' Djokovic to victory

Novak Djokovic didn't want to talk about his improved left shoulder injury or the heckler whose comments helped the defending champion reach the last 16.

So it's unclear exactly what medical treatments for his injury or emotional inspiration from a critic helped the world number one defeat 111th-ranked American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic was treated throughout his second-round match for left shoulder pain but dispatched Kudla with no outward sign of trouble. "It's almost pain-free. Has a little bit of pain, but I'm really pleased with the way it went," Djokovic said.

"Today the situation was much, much better than the last match, so we'll see tomorrow." Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam events and 16 overall, advanced to a fourth-round meeting with three-time Slam winner Stan Wawrinka. They haven't played since the Swiss 23rd seed beat Djokovic in the 2016 US Open final.

Djokovic said he skipped practice on Thursday in favor of treatment on his shoulder but wouldn't talk about how the setback took place or what he did to ease the pain.

"Forgive me, I'm not going to talk about it," Djokovic said. "I would appreciate if you respect me not talking about it in details.

Djokovic was captured on video having a talk with a heckler during his pre-match practice session Friday afternoon, saying, "I'll come find you.

I'll find you after. Trust me, I'll find you." Asked about the confrontation he called a "little chat", Djokovic said he would locate the heckler, "To have a drink. I liked the guy. I'm going to buy him a drink."

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