Miami: Mahesh Bhupathi and his South African partner Kevin Anderson went down fighting in a thrilling three-setter men's doubles match against the pair of Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil to crash out of Miami Masters tournament here.
The unseeded Indo-South African pair lost to their second seeded opponents 4-6, 6-4, 6-10 in a gruelling one hour and 28 minute first round contest of the hard court event.
The two pairs refused to give an inch to each other but the Indo-South African pair lost the plot in the deciding set. Peya-Soares combine was the better of the two pairs in the first set, winning two service breaks. Bhupathi and Anderson did the same once but lost the first set 4-6.