London, July 4 (IANS) Indian tennis players Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna lost their respective men's doubles semi-final matches at the Wimbledon here Thursday.
Bopanna and French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin lost a five-set battle to top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan of the US on the lone grass court major. The 14th seeds lost 7-6(4), 4-6, 3-6, 7-5, 3-6 in two hours and 48 minutes on Court No.1.
This was Bopanna's best ever outing at the Wimbledon, having reached the quarter-final previously in 2010.
Meanwhile on Court No.2, fourth seeded veterans Paes with Czech partner Radek Stepanek also lost a five-setter to Croat-Brazilian pairing Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. The 12th seeds won 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 55 minutes.
This was Paes' best outing at the Wimbledon men's doubles since 2008, when he reached the semi-finals as well. The experienced Indian won the title way back in 1999 with Mahesh Bhupathi.