French Open 2022: Rohan Bopanna reaches his first Grand Slam men’s doubles semi-final since 2015

French Open 2022: India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop reached the semifinals of the men’s doubles on Monday after a stunning victory over British-Finnish duo Llyod Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop booked a. place in the men’s doubles semifinal at 2022 French Open (courtesy of Roland Garros)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bopanna and his Dutch partner Middelkoop have reached the semi-final men’s doubles
  • It’s Bopanna’s first men’s doubles Grand Slam semifinal in 7 years
  • The Indian also booked a place in his first semifinal men’s doubles at Roland Garros

Rohan Bopanna, 42, reached his first-ever Roland Garros men’s doubles semi-final on Monday 30 May when Indian campaigner and his Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop raided British-Finnish duo Llyod Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara 4-6, 6 -4, 7-6 (3) in the quarterfinals at Court Simonne-Mathieu.

In a thriller that stretched to 2 hours and 4 minutes, 16th seeds Bopanna and Middelkoop brought all their experience to the fore as they went from 0-3 down in the Super tie-breaker to win 10 points on the trot and a berth. to be won in the semi-finals. -last.

Bopanna, who won the mixed doubles title at the French Open with Gabriela Dabrowski in 2017, took the Super tie-breaker lead as Glasspool and Heliovaara were unable to match the intensity of the Indo-Dutch combination. .

With Middelkoop hitting some stunning forehand winners and Bopanna finding winners with incredible composure, the veteran doubles pair reached their first-ever Grand Slam semifinal as a pair.

It was also Bopanna’s first men’s doubles semifinal at a Grand Slam in 7 years. The star from Karnataka had reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2015 with Florin Mergea.

Notably in the last 16 match, Bopanna and Middelkoop had dislodged the 2nd seeds and the gold medalists of the Tokyo Olympics, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, after saving 5 match points.

Bopanna and Middelkoop will face the twelfth seed Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Roger.

Bopanna competed with Middelkoop in the clay season. The two senior campaigners played the ATP 250 event in Belgrade in April before returning to team up at the Italian Open. It was striking that earlier this season Bopanna had reached the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters with Jammie Murray.


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