Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos
Rohan Bopanna of India and Timea Babos of Hungary during Australian Open 2018 mixed doubles final on Sunday, January 28.Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Indian star Rohan Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Timea Babos went down fighting to Gabriela Dabrowski and Mate Pavic in the final of the mixed doubles at the Australian Open tennis tournament here on Sunday.

The fifth seeded Indo-Hungarian combination lost 6-2, 4-6 (9-11) to the eighth seeded Canadian-Croatian opponents in one hour and eight minutes.

Notably, Bopanna had won his maiden Grand Slam title at French Open last year pairing with Dabrowski.

This is the second time Bopanna has lost in a Grand Slam final. He lost in the men's doubles final at the US Open alongside Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan in 2010.

That was a closely fought affair as well with Bopanna and Qureshi going down 6-7, 6-7 to the star American pair of Bob and Mike Bryan.