Rohan Bopanna, Matthew Ebden win Australian Open doubles title

Ivy Sarkar

India's Rohan Bopanna and Australian Matthew Ebden dug deep to win the Australian Open men's doubles title on Saturday with a 7-6 (0), 7-5 victory over Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori.

Rohan Bopanna, Matthew Ebden | Sportz Point

The second seeds fell to the ground after overcoming their Italian challengers before bowing to the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena.

Rohan Bopanna, Matthew Ebden | Sportz Point

Bolelli and Vavassori held their own in the opening set and earned their first break point at 5-5, but the Indian-Australian pair rallied to save serve and ran out easy winners in the tiebreak, backed by the crowd.

Rohan Bopanna, Matthew Ebden | Sportz Point

The second set looked to be headed the same way, going with serve and locked at 5-5, until Vavassori's serve was broken leaving Ebden to serve for the match.

Rohan Bopanna, Matthew Ebden | Sportz Point
This could not have been possible if I did not have a fantastic Aussie partner by my side
Rohan Bopanna said.
Rohan Bopanna | Sportz Point

It is the first major win for the pairing, who lost last year's US Open final, and Bopanna will be world number one when the rankings are updated on Monday, with Ebden at number two having played three more tournaments during the ranking period

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Rohan Bopanna, Matthew Ebden | Sportz Point