Blend it like Bopanna!

Last Updated 30 January 2018, 17:56 IST

It's no secret that Rohan Bopanna has a massive affinity towards coffee -- he has, in recent times even posted social media content of him sharing coffee powder with the top internationals on the tennis circuit, the likes of 2014 US champion Marin Cilic.

The tennis ace took it a step further on Tuesday launching his own brand of coffee -- Rohan Bopanna's Master Blend -- but the talk, understandably, was more about tennis.

After falling marginally short of clinching his second Grand Slam in the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open, Bopanna, fondly now called the 'Coffee Man' when on tour, remained upbeat and said there was nothing one could do about the see-saw nature of the sport.

"We had a match point and then I didn't even touch the ball, it was two aces and a fantastic return. But that's how super tie-breaks go. When I won my first Grand Slam, we were down two match-points and still managed to eke out a win. But one thing I'm happy about is that we played good tennis," said Bopanna at a press conference at The Flying Squirrel in Koramangala.

Bopanna and Timea Babos of Hungary had lost to Croatian Mate Pavic and Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski in the final at Melbourne.

On the eve of his mixed doubles summit clash, Bopanna trained with Roger Federer, and the Bengalurean divulged how that session came to fruition.

"I have trained with him on numerous occasions and have known him a long time now. So a couple of days before his final, Ivan Ljubicic (Federer's coach) sent me a text asking if I'd want to train with him the following day. It's not every day that you get to train with Federer so I agreed. He's good fun and there's so much to learn from him. I enjoyed our one-hour stint.

"Winning 20 Grand Slams is exceptional! He proves that age is just a number," added the 37-year-old while lauding the Swiss master.

So is age just a number for Bopanna as well, was the question.

"Since I won my first Grand Slam and have reached a final this year, I feel great on the court. As long as I stay fit and enjoy my tennis, age will not stop me," he assured.

(Published 30 January 2018, 14:16 IST)

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