Ebden and Bopanna claim AO doubles title

Australia’ Matt Ebden has won his first Australian Open doubles title alongside India’s Rohan Bopanna.

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The pair defeated Italy’s Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 7-6(0), 7-5.

Going into the tiebreaker both teams had won the exact same number of points. It was then all Bopanna and Ebden.

The second set was tight but the Italians faltered in the 11th game to see their opponents serving for the title.

It was the first Grand Slam doubles title for Bopanna and the second for Ebden after he has won the 2022 Wimbledon title with Max Purcell.

“It’s been such a dream come true to win here in Australia in front of our home fans,” a proud Ebden beamed.

For Bopanna it was a double celebration as he will be the no. 1 doubles player for the first time when the rankings are updated on Monday.

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