Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden completed their BNP Paribas Open title run the way in which they began it, with a clutch efficiency in a Match Tie-break. The unseeded champions upset prime seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 in Sunday’s Indian Wells remaining, with the 43-year-old Bopanna turning into the oldest ATP Masters 1000 trophy-winner.
“Truly special. It’s called Tennis Paradise for a reason,” the Indian veteran mentioned after clinching his fifth Masters 1000 trophy and first in Indian Wells. “I’ve been, over the years, coming here and seeing all these guys win for so many years. I’m really happy that Matt and I were able to do this and get this title here. It’s been some tough matches, close matches. Today we played against one of the best teams out there. Really happy that we got the trophy.”
The Indian-Australian pairing knocked off defending and two-time desert titlists John Isner and Jack Sock in Friday’s semi-finals and beat Canadian singles stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov within the quarters. Their opening victory got here in a Match Tie-break in opposition to Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez.
Now 11-4 of their first season collectively, Bopanna/Ebden are 2-1 in finals with a victory in Doha and a runner-up end in Rotterdam.
“It takes everything. We call this maybe the fifth Grand Slam for a reason,” mentioned Ebden, talking concerning the fast success of the brand new pairing. “We’re working on our game. Even at our ages we’re still improving, still gelling as a pair, our execution, our chemistry.”
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Bopanna, who turned 43 on 4 March, handed his former accomplice Daniel Nestor to change into the oldest ATP Masters 1000 finalist and once more beat the Canadian’s mark by turning into the oldest champion on the prestigious stage.
“I spoke to Danny Nestor and I told him sorry I’m going to beat his record,” he joked. “Winning the title, that stays with me, so really happy with that.”
Bopanna was enjoying in his tenth ATP Masters 1000 remaining and now holds 24 tour-level trophies following the victory. A former World No. 3, Bopanna moved up 4 locations to No. 11 within the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Rankings behind the trophy run.
Ebden, who received the 2022 Wimbledon title with fellow Aussie Max Purcell, received his ninth tour-level title and his first on the ATP Masters 1000 stage. The 35-year-old moved up 19 locations to No. 18 within the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Rankings this event, setting himself up for a brand new profession excessive on Monday.
“Bops and I spoke about it at the beginning of this year. We said we’re not here to make up numbers,” Ebden added. “We want to win the Slams, we want to win the Masters, the 500s, and try to get to that No. 1 ranking. That’s what it’s about. Today’s a big step in that direction.”
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