London, July 4: Indian challenge ended in the men's doubles event of the Wimbledon Championships as Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek and the pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna suffered contrasting defeats in their respective matches on Tuesday.
While fourth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek were stunned by Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in a gruelling weather-hit five-setter, Bhupathi and Bopanna lost in straight sets to Mikhael Elgin and Denis Istomin.
Paes and Stepanek resumed yesterday's suspended third round match to lose 6-4 3-6 4-6 7-6(2) 6-8 after fighting for two hours 49 minutes.
Paes and Stepanek were trailing behind the 15th seeds Croat-Brazilian pair 6-4 3-6 3-4 (0-30) when rain had forced suspension of play yesterday.
Bhupathi and Bopanna, who had rebelled against the AITA to be paired as a team for London Olympics, lost their second round match 5-7 6-7 (3) 3-6 in two hours and four minutes.