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Sharan and Sitak out of Wimbledon after close defeat

Press Trust of India  |  London 

and Artem Sitak's remarkable run at championships came to an end following a close defeat against experienced Americans and in the men's doubles quarterfinals.

The Indo-Kiwi pair troubled the Grand Slam winners before bowing out with a 6-7 (4) 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 4-6 after three hours and 14 minutes.

In their last two matches, left-handed and Sitak had eked out thrilling five-set wins after trailing by two sets and raised hopes of an upset by taking the third set.

In the fourth set, Sitak was broken in the first game and that was the first break of the match. Sock too was on the verge of dropping serve but managed to hold. However, and Sitak brought it back to level terms, making it 4-4.

In the fifth game, Sitak saved five breakpoints before conceding the crucial break as he served two consecutive double faults from deuce. The Americans served out the match in the next.

"It's not easy to have lost today as match is bigger opportunity going forward. It was a really close match today against Sock and Mike, who will become the number one in the world again. has been a champion here at Wimbledon," Sharan told

"But we played some really good and came through physical and mental tests in the last couple of matches to come from behind to win in five sets," the lad said.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 13:10 IST