French Open: Rohan Bopanna-Matwe Middelkopp qualified for the men’s doubles semi-finals


India’s Rohan Bopanna continued his dream run at the 2022 French Open as he and Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop came from behind to beat British-Finnish pair Lloyd Glasspool and Henri Heliovaara.

Bopanna, 42, and Middlekoop, 38, beat Glasspool and Heliovaara 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) in two hours and four minutes to set up the final clash with 12th seeds Marcelo Arevalo of ‘El Salvador and Jean -Julien Roger from the Netherlands.

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16th seeds, Bopanna and Middelkoop used all their experience going from 0-3 in the Super tie-break to win 10 points in a row and secure a place in the semi-finals.

In the final set, Glasspool and Heliovaara again targeted Middelkoop’s serve and broke it to go ahead at 4-3, but Glasspool failed to serve the match at 5-4. Bopanna, leading 40-15 in game 10, pulled off a sensational return on Glasspool’s serve that landed straight on the baseline.

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

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Bopanna and Middelkoop will face 12th seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Roger.

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