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Men’s Doubles Finals at the Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden Pair

<p>After beating Tomas Machac and Zhang Zhizhen in a close semifinal on Thursday, Rohan Bopanna and Australian partner Matthew Ebden advanced to the Australian Open men’s doubles final, giving themselves another chance to capture a Grand Slam championship.</p>
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<p>After facing strong opposition in the third set, the second-seeded Indo-Australian team ultimately prevailed 6-3 3-6 7-6 (10-7) thanks to their familiarity with Super Tie Breakers. The match lasted two hours and two minutes.</p>
<p>The top-100 ranking includes Zhang (WR 54) and Machac (WR 75), two excellent singles players whose strong baseline hitting made it difficult for the more seasoned Bopanna and Ebden to win.</p>
<p>Bopanna, who was guaranteed to top the world rankings the day before, delivered his typical strong serving performance on crucial points and skillfully executed strokes and tricks when it counted most.</p>
<p>Bopanna has made it to the US Open final twice (in 2013 and 2023), but he has never won a major championship.</p>
<p>He will have the opportunity to check that box on Saturday, as he approaches the tail end of his career at the age of 43.</p>
<p>We have performed a number of Super Tie Breaks on the circuit, which keeps us fresh. Zhang and Machac came back really well, so we had to make sure we served them correctly and on time. It’s been a pleasure working with Ebden,” Bopanna said after the game.</p>
<p>When asked how he managed to succeed at his age, Bopanna said, “A lot of work goes behind the scenes.” I am a member of a large team. I simply made sure I didn’t lose sight of the mobility and recuperation I need to do to be ready. I simply practice yoga; I don’t seek to lift big things. Mental toughness seems to benefit me. Winning in front of home supporters is amazing, according to Ebden.</p>
<p>“Winning in front of the home crowd makes me really happy. These athletes pose a serious threat. It’s a terrific duel between the doubles specialist and the singles expert. It benefits the supporters. Together, we have put forth a lot of effort throughout the years. “It’s one match left,” he said.</p>
<p>The second seeds were struggling in the first game, down 0-30 after splitting the first two sets, but Bopanna’s massive serve came into action and he managed to make a crucial hold. A visually stunning cross-court passing winner was produced by Zhang and Machac.</p>
<p>With his flamboyant volley victories at the net, Bopanna was unstoppable, stealing the opening break of the set from their opponents. The second seeds took a comfortable lead because to the break and simple holds. When Bopanna touched the net and gave up the point in game seven, he once again shown his sportsmanship in a Grand Slam.</p>
<p>The second-seeded team was soon serving for the game, but they took a break to give their opponents little opportunity.</p>
<p>Zhang produced a cross-court forehand winner after Bopanna played a long backhand to cut the deficit to 15-30, leaving the Indian with two break opportunities.</p>
<p>On the first, Bopanna misplayed his backhand, giving the opposition a chance to tie the score.</p>
<p>However, Zhang gave Bopanna and Ebden three match points after falling down 0–40 in the next game. All three were saved by the unseeded duo: once on a return fault by Bopanna, twice with the serve, and once with a forehand winner that was crushed down the line.</p>
<p>Once again, they were rescued by the Chinese player’s very large second serve, and soon it was 5-all.</p>
<p>Following a fierce battle in game 11, Ebden maintained his serve to take a 6-5 lead, which allowed them to take one more break and win the match.</p>
<p>The third set ultimately ended in a draw, setting up a Super tie break.</p>
<p>The side took a brief lead at 3-2 with to Ebden’s spectacular return winner, and they increased their lead to 7-5 when Bopanna’s full stretch volley on Zhang’s return sealed the deal. Bopanna used an ace to end the match.</p>

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