United States: A dynamic display of tennis prowess unfolded on the courts of the US Open as the Indo-Australian pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden showcased their formidable synergy, surging into the second round with an authoritative straight-set triumph. The duo, seeded sixth in the men's doubles category, orchestrated an impressive dismantling of their opponents, Christopher O’Connell and Aleksandar Vukic, with a commanding scoreline of 6-4, 6-2 in a lightning-paced encounter that concluded in just 55 minutes.
The 43-year-old Bopanna and his 35-year-old Australian counterpart, Ebden, exhibited a masterclass in precision and synchronization, flawlessly executing their game plan. With a remarkable conversion rate of three out of five break points seized, they exhibited an ironclad defense by not offering a single break opportunity to their opponents. Their impeccable serving, boasting a first serve percentage of 72 per cent, added to their tactical advantage.
Recalling their scintillating run to the Wimbledon semifinals, the Indo-Australian tandem left spectators in awe as they secured the pivotal break in the ninth game of the opening set, propelling them to a decisive 5-4 lead. Their momentum carried seamlessly into the second set, where they seized an early break, subsequently dominating proceedings and escalating their lead to 5-2.
Bopanna, who notably clinched the US Open runner-up title in 2010, and his partner Ebden now eagerly anticipate their next challenge in the tournament. The duo will confront the victors emerging from the enthralling clash between USA's Aleksandar Kovacevic and Nicolas Moreno De Alboran, and the team of Andrey Golubev from Kazakhstan, coupled with Russia's Roman Safiullin. As the competition intensifies, Bopanna and Ebden remain steadfast in their pursuit of further glory on the grand stage of the US Open.
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