World No. 1 Rohan Bopanna reaches Australian Open final for the first time in Men's doubles

If Bopanna, who turns 44 in March, is successful in winning the Australian Open, he will also become the oldest player in the world to win a Grand Slam men's doubles title.

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World No. 1 Rohan Bopanna reaches Australian Open final for the first time in Men's doubles

Rohan Bopanna will aim for his first-ever grand-slam title in the men's doubles with a win in the final. Image- The Hindu

World No. 1 tennis player Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden has reached the final of the men's doubles event of Australian Open 2024.

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Rohan Bopanna will aim for his first-ever grand-slam title in the men's doubles with a win in the final. Image- The Hindu
Rohan Bopanna will aim for his first-ever grand-slam title in the men's doubles with a win in the final. Image- The Hindu

In the semi-final match played at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Thursday, the Indo-Australian pair defeated second seeds Zhizhen Zhang and Tomas Machac 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (10-7). Rohan Bopanna has reached the men's-doubles final of Australian Open for the first time. At the same time, with Ebden, he has reached the men's doubles final of the second consecutive Grand Slam.

In the final, the Bopanna-Ebden pair will face the winner of the other semi-final between Germany's Dominik Koepfer and Yannick Hanfmann and Italy's Andrea Vavassori and Simone Bolelli. Earlier the Bopanna-Ebden pair had defeated sixth seeds Máximo González and Andrés Molteni of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 in the quarterfinals that lasted one hour and 46 minutes.

In the semi-finals, after easily winning the first set 6-3 in 32 minutes, Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden lost the second set 3-6. After this, when the third set was tied at 6-6, the match went into tiebreaker, which Bopanna-Ebden won by 10-7 and the set by 7-6.

Rohan Bopanna reached Australian Open 2023 final in mixed-doubles

43-year-old Bopanna had also reached the final of the Australian Open in 2023, but in the mixed doubles event. Bopanna reached the final of mixed doubles with Sania Mirza, but had to face defeat in the final. Overall, this is Bopanna's third Grand Slam final in men's doubles. Earlier, he had reached the final of the US Open with Ebden in 2023, where they had to face defeat at the hands of the pair of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. Apart from this, Bopanna has also reached the Grand Slam (US Open) final with Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

This is Rohan Bopanna's best performance in men's doubles at Australian Open

Rohan Bopanna played in the Australian Open for the first time in 2008 and this is his best performance after playing this Grand Slam 17 times. Before this, his best performance was to reach the third round. Bopanna would like to win the men's doubles Grand Slam trophy for the first time with Ebden. However, he has won Grand Slam in mixed doubles. He also won the 2017 French Open with Gabriela Dabrowski.

At the same time, Matthew Ebden has won the Grand Slam men's doubles title once. He won the Wimbledon title in 2022 with Max Purcell of Australia. If Bopanna, who turns 44 in March, is successful in winning the Australian Open, he will also become the oldest player in the world to win a Grand Slam men's doubles title.

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Important achievements in Rohan Bopanna's career

  • Bopanna won the French Open mixed doubles title in 2017 with Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski.

  • He was runner-up in men's doubles at the 2010 US Open with Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and in 2023 with Ebden.

  • Bopanna was also the oldest player to win the men's doubles title in the Masters 1000 tournament.

  • He won the Indian Wells tournament with Ebden last year.

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