Play­ing with fixed part­ner helps: Bopanna

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Ben­galuru: In­dian dou­bles ace Ro­han Bopanna said here on Friday that play­ing with one dou­bles part­ner for a cer­tain pe­riod of time has helped him get bet­ter re­sults in the hard-court sea­son.

“It has been a mixed ex­pe­ri­ence this year. I planned to play with Divij (Sharan) as much as pos­si­ble. Un­for­tu­nately, in March, we were forced to change part­ners be­cause our rank­ings were not high enough. It was ei­ther change part­ners and play Mas­ters se­ries or not play at all. With In­dian Wells, Mi­ami, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome, which were six big events, we had no option but to change,” Bopanna said.

“Af­ter that I played with Canada’s De­nis Shapo­valov. Play­ing with some­body for a few events makes a dif­fer­ence and that is why I feel my hard-court sea­son got a lit­tle bet­ter com­pared to the clay­court sea­son”

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