Australian Open 2024 Final Highlights: Rohan Bopanna-Matt Ebden lift maiden Grand Slam title together
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Rohan Bopanna and Matt Ebden are in their second major final as a team after they moved past Tomas Machac and Zhang Zhizhen in the second men’s doubles semi-final of Australian Open 2024 on Thursday. Bopanna-Ebden will debut atop the ATP Doubles Rankings on Monday following the Australian Open’s conclusion. Bopanna, at 43, will become the oldest No. 1 in history.
Seeded second in the season’s maiden Slam, the Indo-Aussie pair defeated their unseeded opponents 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(10-7) in their semi-final clash lasting two hours and two minutes. Bopanna-Ebden broke Machac in the fourth game to bag the first set. Zhizhen and Machac returned the favour by breaking Ebden’s serve in the fourth service game to clinch the second set and draw level.
The decider was settled by a super tie-break, which the Indo-Australian pair duly won and with it moved into their first final of the 2024 season.
Italians Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori are the other finalists and got here by defeating unseeded German pair Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(10-5). The unseeded Italian duo saw off thirteenth-seeded duo Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round and also sent home the eight-seeded German team of Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz in what has been a dream run at the Australian Open 2024.
Rohan Bopanna/Matthew Ebden vs Simone Bolelli/Andrea Vavassori Preview
Bopanna-Ebden will be up against the unseeded Italian pair of Simone Bolelli-Andrea Vavassori. The Bopanna/Ebden pairing encountered two wildcard teams in their first two matches in their march towards the final. Sixth-seeded Argentine duo Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni were the highest seeds the Indo-Australian team had come across all fortnight.
Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori are the second unseeded pair, Bopanna-Ebden will be facing on the trot after their close semi-final match against Tomas Machac and Zhang Zhizhen.
Bopanna has reached the US Open final twice (2013, 2023), but a Grand Slam trophy has proved elusive. Now, before calling time on his career, he will have the best opportunity to tick that box. Saturday’s summit clash is also Ebden and Bopanna’s second straight Grand Slam final after the US Open final in the 2023 season.
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Rohan Bopanna/Matthew Ebden – the new World No. 1 doubles team will be playing Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassor for a chance to enter the record books as the Australian Open 2024 doubles title winners. The upcoming final will be the first game between the two teams. Bopanna is already the oldest World No. 1 in ATP history, and should he win on Saturday, can be crowned the oldest Grand Slam winner too.
Where and how to watch the live streaming and TV broadcast of Rohan Bopanna/Matthew Ebden vs Simone Bolelli/Andrea Vavassori, Australian Open 2024, doubles final match in India?
The Rohan Bopanna/Matthew Ebden vs Simone Bolelli/Andrea Vavassori final match in Australian Open 2024 will take place on January 27 (Saturday). It will be the final match of the day at the Rod Laver Arena and will take place during the night session.
Fans in India can watch the men’s doubles final live on Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 4 and Sony Ten 5 SD/HD channels on television. SonyLiv will be live streaming the clash online for OTT fans.
There may be an Australian name etched on the winner’s trophy on Saturday. Ebden, who is Australian, and Rohan Bopanna will clash with Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori in the Australian Open 2024 men’s doubles final.
Bopanna and Ebden, who were finalists at the US Open last season, will be looking to win their maiden Grand Slam trophy together. The Indian/Aussie duo have won all five tie-breaks they’ve played for the loss of only one set till their semifinal matchup against Tomas Machac and Zhang Zhizhen.
Result: Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden to win in three sets.
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