In a historic turnaround of events, the veteran Indian tennis superstar, Rohan Bopanna made it to the men’s doubles final of the Australian Open 2024. It is the very first time in Bopanna’s career that he has secured a spot in the final of the Australian Open. Bopanna, alongside his Australian teammate Matthew Ebden clinched the semi-final win against the Czech-Chinese duo of Tomas Machac and Zhang Zhizhen.
Earlier, Rohan Bopanna achieved another historic milestone after winning the quarter-final with his partner Matthew Ebden. With that win, the 43-year-old Indian legend became the oldest player in the history of ATP rankings to secure the number 1 rank in the men’s doubles.
Apart from that, Bopanna is the fourth Indian in history to make it to the top spot of the ATP rankings in the men’s doubles; before Bopanna, the former Indian legends who achieved this feat were Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati, and Sania Mirza.
"This partnership with Ebden has been good" - Rohan Bopanna
Indian tennis superstar also spoke to the reporters after his semi-final win in the ongoing Australian Open 2024. He also acknowledged the major role of his partnership with Matthew Ebden.
“On the circuit, we have played a lot of Super Tie Breaks, that gets us sharp. They (Machac and Zhang) returned extremely well, we had to make sure we served well and on spots. This partnership (with Ebden) has been good,” said Bopanna after an amazing semi-final win.
Subsequently, his partner and the Australian star, Matthew Ebden also expressed his happiness and the surreal feeling of winning it in front of the home crowd in the home country.
“I could not be happier, winning before the home fans is special. These guys are super dangerous players. The doubles specialist against the singles specialist is great (contest). It’s good for the fans. We have been working hard together for years. One more match to go,” Ebden said.
Now, Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden will take on Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori on Saturday, January 27, 2024, in the final of the Australian Open 2024.