Top Spot Tease: Bopanna-Ebden's Thrilling Run at Paris Masters
In a gripping showdown at the Paris Masters, the dynamic duo of Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden faced a heartbreaking defeat in the final against Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, relinquishing their chance to claim the coveted World No. 1 spot in men’s doubles.
The third-seeded Indo-Australian pair fought valiantly but succumbed to a tight battle, losing 2-6, 7-5, [7-10] in a match that lasted an hour and 30 minutes. This marked their third consecutive runner-up finish, following losses at the US Open and Shanghai Masters earlier in the season.
The Paris Masters final was a pivotal moment for Bopanna and Ebden, offering them the opportunity to ascend to the summit of the ATP men’s doubles team rankings. However, their dreams were dashed by the resilient seventh-seeded Mexican-French duo.
Bopanna, 43, and Ebden, 35, have had a formidable season, clinching titles at the ATP 250 event in Doha and the Indian Wells Masters. Their journey to the Paris Masters final showcased their prowess, with victories over formidable opponents like Zeballos and Granollers in the quarterfinals.
Despite the Paris heartbreak, the Indo-Australian pair has enjoyed a remarkable season, reaching the final at prestigious events such as Rotterdam, Madrid, Shanghai, and the US Open. Their partnership, initiated in Adelaide at the beginning of the year, has seen them break into the top 10 doubles individual rankings, with Ebden currently at world No. 7 and Bopanna at No. 8.
Looking ahead, Bopanna and Ebden are set to compete at the ATP Tour Finals in Turin, Italy, from November 12. The duo’s resilient spirit and determination to clinch titles will undoubtedly make them a force to be reckoned with as they aim to conclude the season on a high note.