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Roland Garros 2024| Bopanna-Ebden progress to French Open quarterfinals

The second-seeded Indo-Australian pair kept its cool in crunch moments to come out 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6 (10-8) winners in the men's doubles third round.
Last Updated : 03 June 2024, 16:59 IST
Last Updated : 03 June 2024, 16:59 IST

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Paris: Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden erased a one-set deficit to edge past the fighting pair of N Sriram Balaji and MA Reyes-Varela Martinez in the Super Tie-breaker, moving to the French Open quarterfinals, here on Monday.

The second-seeded Indo-Australian pair kept its cool in crunch moments to come out 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6 (10-8) winners in the men's doubles third round.

Bopanna is yet to finalise his partner for the Paris Games and Balaji must have impressed the seasoned Coorgi, who is only the third Indian to win Grand Slam titles.

Bopanna, being a top-10 player, has the choice to pick his partner for the Games.

After staying on serve for first eight games, there was an opportunity for the second seeds to put pressure on the rivals when Balaji could not return Ebden's backhand volley, which made it 30-all.

However Balaji managed to hold serve, staying ahead 5-4 in the opening set. Bopanna also held his serve comfortably.

Another opportunity came for the second seeds when Reyes-Varela came out to serve and was down 15-40. The Indo-Mexican pair though saved both chances.

Balaji and Reyes-Varela had a great chance to close the set in their favour when Ebden hit a forehand wide at 30-all but Balaji returned wide on the break chance.

Eventually, a tie-break was required to decide the opening set. Balaji and Reyes-Varela raced to a 4-1 lead after Bopanna served a double fault at 1-1. The Mexican hit a stunning backhand angled winner and Bopanna made an unforced error.

From there, it was a set to be taken by the unseeded pair. Reyes-Varlea hit a volley winner to earn four set points. Balaji converted the first with a widish unreturnable serve.

An early break in the second set gave Bopanna and Ebden to force a third set and they did not lose the opportunity.

The third set was a tight affair with both pairs not giving an inch to each other. As the set progressed the games were held at love.

Ebden came out to serve under pressure at 5-6 but delivered.

The Super Tie-breaker was equally engrossing with the two pairs locked 6-6 at one stage. However, Balaji served a double fault at 7-8 to hand the opponents two match points. They saved the first when Ebden's overhead smash went into net but the Australian found a winner on the next to close the game.

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Published 03 June 2024, 16:59 IST

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