7th seeds Ebden and Bopanna will face the Russian duo Khachanov and Rublev in the Madrid Open final
Matthew Ebden and Rohan Bopanna are an experienced doubles pairing and have been in very impressive form this season. They have already won two ATP doubles titles as a pair in 2023 – the Qatar Open and the Indian Wells Masters and are gunning for their third in Madrid. They are seeded seventh in the tournament and have certainly lived up to expectations by making it to the finals of the tournament.
The Indo-Australian pair began their campaign with a comprehensive victory against Bautista Agut and Even followed by a hard-fought win against Melo/Zverev. They pulled off a major upset in the quarter-finals, getting the better of top seeds Skupski and Koolhof in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. The pair got the better of eighth seeds Gonzalez and Roger-Vasselin in the semis to set up a summit clash against Khachanov/Rublev.
Khachanov and Rublev’s form coming into this match at Madrid Open
Both Khachanov and Rublev are established singles but unlike most other top singles stars, they form a good doubles pair as well. The Russians began their campaign at the Madrid Open with a thrilling win against Granollers and Zeballos. They got the better of fifth seeds Pavic and Mektic in the next round before defeating the duo of Murray/Venus in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, they caused an upset over fourth seeds Arevalo and Rojer to progress to the final of the tournament.
Date – Saturday, 6th May
Court Type – Clay outdoor surface
Telecast – Tennis Channel
Start Time – 7 pm IST
Location – Madrid, Spain
Match details – Final
Head to Head and Predictions
Ebden/Bopanna and Khachanov/Rublev have never played each other before on the ATP tour. Although the Indo-Australian pair is more experienced in doubles and are seeded stars, the Russians are certainly no pushovers. Both the teams are very close to each other in terms of form, making it difficult to predict the outcome of this match. We are expecting an intense contest with Ebden and Bopanna eventually edging out their opponents in three sets.
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