Bopanna/Ebden Hold Nerve For Quarter-final Spot In Madrid

  • Posted: May 01, 2023

Bopanna/Ebden Hold Nerve For Quarter-final Spot In Madrid

Koolhof/Skupski, Khachanov/Rublev also advance via Match Tie-breaks

Match Tie-break fever took hold in the doubles draw Monday at the Mutua Madrid Open.

All three second-round matches that took place were settled in a decider at the clay-court ATP Masters 1000. Among the teams that triumphed in the Spanish capital were Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden, who edged Marcelo Melo and Alexander Zverev 6-4, 1-6, 10-5.

Bopanna and Ebden finished with a flourish on Court 4, winning the final five points of the match to clinch a 75-minute win and keep alive their bid for their second Masters 1000 title of the season.

The Indian Wells champions Bopanna and Ebden will take on Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski in the quarter-finals, after the top seeds pulled through 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 against home wild cards Roberto Carballes Baena and Martin Landaluce.

Singles stars Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev also delivered a strong finish to book their quarter-final berth. Taking on four-time Masters 1000 titlists Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, Khachanov and Rublev saved all four break points they faced in their 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-6 triumph. They next face Jamie Murray and Michael Venus.

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