Bopanna/Ebden complete the Sun Double in Miami

Indian and Australian win their second title of 2024

March 30, 2024

By Staff

Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden added a layer of excellence as a doubles pair this Saturday, defeating Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 6-7(3), 6-3, 10-6 after one hour and 44 minutes to become champions of Miami Open presented by Itaú.

“It’s been tough. These guys fight hard in the big moments,” Ebden said after taking the win alongside Bopanna. “The last time we played it was similar. They subtract at a high level, they put in a lot of balls. We missed a couple of balls when we had an advantage [al final del] first set. “They played a great tiebreak and then we reacted.”

“We tried to approach it differently. We relaxed and played our game. We saw what happened. It turned out well for us.”

Indian and Australian thus extend a formidable start to the 2024 season after winning their first Grand Slam together at the Australian Open, consolidating themselves as one of the main couples of the moment.

The victory in Florida is the second ATP Masters 1000 they have won as a duo, serving to complete the Sun Double after the title won in Indian Wells last season.

The victory allows Bopanna and Ebden to consolidate their position as No. 1 in the PIF ATP Live Race To Turin, opening a gap of more than 1,000 points over the rest of the couples. For their part, Dodig and Krajicek progress from No. 10 to No. 5 until provisionally occupying direct access places to the Nitto ATP Finals.

Bopanna continues to break records in a season for history. In January, the Indian became the oldest doubles player to rise to World No. 1. This Saturday, extending a record signed in Indian Wells for the 2023 season, he improved his record as the oldest ATP Masters 1000 champion of all time.

“It’s incredible. As long as we continue to compete for the big tournaments, that’s what we play for”; Bopanna said. “I want to do well in the Masters 1000 and the Grand Slams. It’s good to keep that record and continue to challenge all my teammates.”


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