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Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi/Jean-Julien Rojer 3  6 [6] Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan         6   7 [8]

So Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi's Olympic dream is all but over. He can, reportedly, still make it if he receives a wildcard entry from the organisers. Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer showed a lot of intent against the second-seeded Bryans but were unable to capitalise on their advantages. There wasn't much difference between the two sides but the men's doubles world-record-holders showed whey they have multiple grand-slam titles under their belt. (Scroll down for older updates)

Match (and set) point for Bryans on Qureshi-Rojer serve but tenth seeds hold nerve and make it 6-6. They can't, however, hold serve on the next point and give away the set and match on the Bryan set.  8-6

Wide serve and following return make it 4-3 for Bryans. Qureshi-Rojer win both points on their serve to make it 5-4.

Bryans open the tie-break and make it 2-1. Qureshi-Rojer are back with 3-2 lead.

Bryans hold serve despite some fight from Qureshi-Rojer. Into the tie-break.

Nervy game as Bryans threaten to break Qureshi-Rojer show grit to make it 6-5.

Bryans hold back and it's 5-5 in the second.

Qureshi-Rojer wobble on serve but are able to hold on to the lead. 5-4

Bryans hold serve but Qureshi-Rojer look better now. 4-4

Qureshi-Rojer have a spring in their step after breaking back. They sail to game point and seal it. 4-3 in the second.

Smooth sailing for the Bryans in their service game until 15-40 as Bob (or Mike?) hits a 'tweener but finds a strong return. It gets to deuce when Qureshi hits a SLICK return and gets the advantage. The break back with a strong point! Game on.

Poor service game from Qureshi gives Bryans a break in the second set. This isn't looking good for the Pak-Dutch pair.

Qureshi scores an overhead winner at 0-40 down but that doesn't hold the Bryans back from restoring parity.

On-the-line winner from Bryans and unforced error from Qureshi-Rojer makes it 0-30. The tenth seeds make it 30-30 before Rojer sends an ace for game point. Piercing winner from Bryans gives them deuce. At Bryans' advantage, their return bumps off the net to fool Qureshi. However, Qureshi-Rojer fight back. Qureshi's smash and it's advantage Qureshi-Rojer. Bryans score a winner and bring it back to level terms. Long game but Qureshi-Rojer are able to maintain their service lead.

Qureshi-Rojer go on to take a 40-30 lead Bryans make it a deuce and take the game. Chance of breaking the second seeds gone.

Strong service game from Qureshi. Takes them to 1-0 lead without any hiccups.

Bryans take the first set with an easy game win in the ninth. Pressure on Qureshi-Rojer now, who will open the second set.

Qureshi-Rojer go 0-30 down before making it 30-30. Rojer's unforced error gives game point to Bryans. They hit out but call is reversed by the chair umpire and the point is played again. Qureshi nets it to give Bryans a break in the first set.

A few Pakistanis in the crowd, apart from Aisam's family. Stands almost empty otherwise.

Another smooth ride to the game point for Bryans. End to end.

Qureshi's serve: Bryans get the first point with a winner but Qureshi-Rojer are able to grab the game. Qureshi hits another ace. His second of the set.

Bryans hold serve without dropping a point. Pressure back on Qureshi-Rojer.

Qureshi hits the net on Rojer's serve to bring Bryans level at 30-30.  Bryans return the favour and it's 40-30 to Qureshi-Rojer. It goes to deuce but Qureshi-Rojer are able to convert.

Bryans come back strongly after giving away the first point and go back in the lead.

Qureshi-Rojer hold serve after giving away the first two points to unforced errors. Qureshi serves an ace to seal the first game for the duo.

The Bryans get the match underway and hold serve, opening with an ace.

Play is about to get underway in the second men's doubles semi-final. Aisam's family are in the stands.

[Earlier report] Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is a few hours away from finding out his fate for the London Olympics, as he and his Dutch partner Jean-Julien Rojer take on Bob and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals of the French Open.

Qureshi and Rojer face the number two seeds, whom they beat in the Madrid Masters last month, in the second men’s doubles semi-final late Thursday.

A win in the match on Rolland Garros’s Suzanne Lenglen court will help Qureshi improve his ATP doubles ranking and make him eligible to represent Pakistan at the London Olympics next month.

In the first semi-final, top seeds Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi beat the Italion duo of Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace. The top seeds won the match 6-3, 6-4.

This year’s French Open run has been Qureshi’s best of his career, while his first grand slam final came in 2010, when he and Rohan Bopanna of India qualified for the men’s doubles final at the US Open. The pair lost to the Bryan brothers in straight sets.

Updated Jun 07, 2012 06:20pm

Comments (11) (Closed)


M K S
Jun 07, 2012 06:28pm
We are still proud of you, Aisam. What you have already achieved is unprecendented. Good luck for the rest of the season to you and Rojer.
Maestro
Jun 07, 2012 07:27pm
Way to go Aisam!
Hassan Ahmed
Jun 11, 2012 11:07am
I saw the match and we all must accept that Aisam missed many easy shots of the net and I think that Rojer was the better players from this team. Aisam/Rojer were unlucky but I was seeing Aisam Qureshi website (aisamqureshi.com) where Mr Hai made a ridiculous comment "his partner Rojer Jean-Julien did not help him much for intercepting their opponents’ shots." ROJER was excellent in returning and he hit winners on service returns more than once in the match. I don't think that Mr Hai saw the match.
Mohammed Yahya USA
Jun 08, 2012 07:58am
Well done, keep dreaming InshaAllah the day will come. Lots of prayers.
MSS
Jun 07, 2012 08:13pm
He is a true patriot and has a humble personality. Aisam you are the pride of our nation. Despite the loss you are a winner for us all. I hope others can take a page from his book. Kudos!
BNS
Jun 07, 2012 10:06pm
You did a great job Aisaam, you improved your own record and you are still improving. Keep it up, and good luck next time.
Wajahat (CA, USA)
Jun 08, 2012 04:17am
We are proud of you Aisam
Akhtar Hassan
Jun 07, 2012 11:18pm
Well done Aisam. Every Pakistani is proud of your acheivemrnt.
asad
Jun 08, 2012 11:21am
Aisam You R Proud Of Our Nation Best Of Luck For Future......!!!
Haseeb
Jun 08, 2012 05:48am
Aisam, keep the Pakistan flag flying high wherever you play. Rightly said by other readers I echo you are the pride of Pakistan. Best Wishes
IAA
Jun 08, 2012 07:06am
Julian Roger cant serve for Aisam's return of serve was equally bad. still love both for their efforts though.