Matthew Ebden has gained his first Australian Open males’s doubles title, profitable the ultimate alongside Rohan Bopanna in straight units.
Ebden and 43-year-old Bopanna took down Italian pair Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 7-6(7/0), 7-5, with Ebden serving out the ultimate sport and Bopanna smashing dwelling the profitable level.
It was the primary males’s doubles title for Indian veteran Bopanna, who linked up with Ebden final yr and helped him to a Wimbledon semifinal and the US Open ultimate.
“What a tremendous event. Due to my companion Rohan; he’s 43 years previous, it’s his first males’s grand slam doubles ultimate,” Ebden stated.
“Age actually actually isn’t even a quantity for this man. He’s younger at coronary heart. He’s a champion and a warrior and he has fought laborious by my aspect this entire final yr.
“It has been such a dream come true to win right here in Australia in entrance of our dwelling followers so thanks a lot.”
Bopanna joked he was at “stage 43” moderately than aged 43.
“Clearly this might not have been attainable if I do not need a improbable Aussie companion by my aspect so thanks to Matt,” he stated.
“We’ve had a improbable season final yr and for me to win my first males’s doubles grand slam right here, thanks.”
Ebden had beforehand lifted a trophy at his dwelling slam, profitable the combined title with Jarmila Gajdošová again in 2013.
He additionally reached the combined ultimate with Sam Stosur in 2021, and was a runner-up within the males’s alongside Max Purcell in 2022.
Ebden gained Wimbledon with Purcell later that yr, whereas Bopanna’s solely different main title was a combined doubles win on the 2017 French Open with Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski.
By profitable the boys’s title it means an Australian has lifted the trophy for the third straight time, after Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2022, and Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler final yr.
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