Rohan Bopanna sets world record to become oldest man to qualify for Grand Slam final

Continuing their dream run, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden entered the final of the US Open on Thursday with a straight-sets win over the French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. This will be Bopanna’s second appearance in the men’s doubles Grand Slam final.

The sixth-seeded Indian-Australian pair, who made it to the semifinals of the Wimbledon championship this year, defeated the French combination 7:6 (7:3), 6:2 in the hard court semifinals.

Bopanna makes history at US Open 2023

With this performance, the 43-year-old Indian also became the oldest player to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era. Bopanna broke the record held by Canada’s Daniel Nestor, who was 43 years and 4 months when he played in a Major final, by two months. Interestingly, it was also at the US Open where Bopanna competed in his first Major final in 2010 along with Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

Bopanna and Ebden will be up against Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury

Bopanna and Ebden will play the winner of the other semi-final between the American pair of Rajeev Ram, Joe Salisbury and the Croatian-American pair of Ivan Dodig, Austin Krajicek in the final at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. Bopanna is already out of the mixed doubles event as she lost to Indonesian partner Aldila Sutjiadi in the second round.

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