The third seeds Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden progressed to the semifinals of the ATP Finals on Friday as they produced a strong performance to overcome Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski 6-4, 7-6(5) in a Red Group qualification decider in Turin. The Indo-Australian duo registered a second successive victory confirming a top-two finish in the Red Group. They are now awaiting the outcome of the Rajeev Ram-Joe Salisbury vs. Jason Kubler-Rinky Hijikata match to determine their group standing and opponents for the upcoming semi-final match. Carlos Alcaraz Sets Up Semifinal Match Against Novak Djokovic at ATP Finals 2023 After Beating Daniil Medvedev in Men’s Singles.
Bopanna-Ebden jumped out to an early lead, nearly breaking the tie in the first game. The Dutch-British combination came back from a 40-point deficit to win the game and take a 1-0 lead in the first set. The two teams maintained their respective serves until the sixth game of the first set. Following that, Bopanna-Ebden broke the opponents' serve at love for the match's first and only successful break. With a 4-3 lead, the Indo-Australian pair won the first set 6-4 in 33 minutes, thanks to some excellent net play from both sides.
In the fiercely contested second set, the two sides continued to hold their serves in order to force a tie-break. With the set tied at 6-6, Rohan Bopanna blasted an accurate backhand deep in his opponent's half while receiving the serve to get the tie-breaker off on the right foot. When Koolhof-Skupski led 4-2 in the first part of the tie-break, Bopanna-Ebden came back to seal the victory in straight sets.
Earlier this week, Bopanna, 43, became the tournament's oldest player to win a match. The Indian-Australian duo originally paired up at the start of the season and have had a successful year, winning tour-level championships in Doha and Indian Wells. Bopanna is returning to the year-end event for the fourth time, while Ebden is making his debut. Jannik Sinner Records His First Win Over World No 1 Novak Djokovic at ATP Finals.
Year-End ATP Doubles No. 1 honours are still available for Bopanna and Ebden. They must reach the final in Turin to overtake Dodig and Krajicek, who have already been eliminated. Koolhof and Skupski cannot end the season as the top two.
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