25 Jan 2024

Rohan Bopanna-Matthew Ebden pair storm into final of Australian Open

The pair of Indian tennis players Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden has reached the finals of the Australian Open.

They have defeated tennis player Tomas Makhach of Czech Republic and Zhang Zizhen of China in the semi-final match.

In three-match sets, the pair of Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden defeated Tomas Makhach and Zhang Zizhen 6-3, 3-6 and 7-6 (10-7).

Earlier, when the pair of Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden had qualified for the semi-finals, they had become world number-one in the men's doubles rankings. With this win, the pair reached back-to-back finals in Grand Slams, having reached the final of the 2023 US Open as well.

Bopanna and Ebden will now face either the all-Italian pair of Andrea Vavassori and Simone Bolelli or the German duo of Dominik Koepfer and Yannick Hanfmann.

The pair of Zhang and Machac had defeated the reigning US Open champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury earlier in the tournament.

Playing together with Ebden for so long helped us: Bopanna

Speaking after their win, Bopanna said playing together with Ebden for so long helped them get through the difficult tie-breaker against Zhang and Machac.

“Playing those matches together and this partnership together got us through those tie-breaks. Even though they say tennis is an individual sport, there's a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes. A big team has helped me get to this stage,” said Bopanna.

“When I decided to play with Matt (Ebden), I made sure that I focused on what I needed to be ready to play my best tennis. I was mainly focusing on mobility and recovery and not really looking to go an lift heavy weights. I've been doing some yoga and the mental strength definitely helps me to get through these tough matches,” Bopanna added.

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