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Bopanna and Ebden secure Quarters at Australian Open, assured of No. 2 in ATP rankings

Rohan Bopanna and Mathew Ebden's straight-set triumph propels them to the men's doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open, securing Bopanna a career-high World No. 2 ranking.

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Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden (Source: ESPN India)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 22 Jan 2024 4:37 PM GMT

India's Rohan Bopanna and his Australian counterpart Mathew Ebden powered their way into the men's doubles quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2024. The second-seeded duo faced a formidable challenge in the third round against 14th seeds Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhoof at the Kia Arena on Monday, 22 January.

Despite being the favorites, Bopanna and Ebden encountered a tough battle but ultimately emerged victorious in straight sets with scores of 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4). The thrilling encounter lasted an hour and 43 minutes, showcasing the resilience of the dynamic pair on Day 9 of the prestigious tournament.

Bopanna's remarkable run guarantees him a career-high World No. 2 spot in the men's doubles ATP rankings. Meanwhile, his partner, Mathew Ebden, climbs to World No. 3, reflecting their outstanding collaboration on the court.

In addition to this milestone, This victory marked a historic moment for Rohan Bopanna as it propelled him to his best-ever showing at the Australian Open, securing a spot in the men's doubles quarter-final for the first time in his illustrious career. It's worth noting that Bopanna, along with now-retired Sania Mirza, had reached the mixed doubles final in Melbourne last year.

Looking ahead, if Bopanna and Ebden triumph in their quarter-final clash, the 43-year-old Indian tennis stalwart is poised to make history by securing the top spot in the men's doubles rankings. Their next formidable opponents are the 6th seeds, Gonzalez and Molteni of Argentina, promising yet another thrilling match in the quest for glory at the Australian Open.

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