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Ebden equals career-best doubles result at Roland Garros | 4 June, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Ebden equals career-best doubles result at Roland Garros | 4 June, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

World No.3 Matt Ebden is through to the men’s doubles quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the second time in his career.

Paris, France, 4 June 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Matt Ebden has matched his career-best result in a Roland Garros men’s doubles draw, by advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in 12 years.

The 36-year-old Australian triumphed in a third-round thriller alongside Indian partner Rohan Bopanna in Paris today, edging out a 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(8) victory against the unseeded combination of Indian N.Sriram Balaji and Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela Martinez.

There was only a single break of serve across an intense two-hour and 20-minute battle.

With this effort, world No.3 Ebden becomes the first Australian to reach multiple men’s doubles quarterfinals in Paris in the past 20 years.

Roland Garros men’s doubles
Australian quarterfinalists in the past 20 years
Player Year
Wayne Arthurs 2005
Paul Hanley 2005
Matt Ebden 2012, 2024
Sam Groth 2014
John Peers 2018

Ebden and Bopanna, who are unbeaten in their eight Grand Slam matches together so far this season, next face Belgian pair Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen. The 10th seeds were finalists at Roland Garros last year.

The top-ranked Australian doubles player is also through to the mixed doubles quarterfinals, after receiving a walkover in the second round.

Ebden and compatriot Ellen Perez had been scheduled to face the reigning Wimbledon champions, Ukrainian Lyudmyla Kichenok and Croatian Mate Pavic, but instead advance directly into the final eight.

This matches Ebden’s career-best mixed doubles result at the tournament as well, having previously made the quarterfinals in 2022 alongside Sam Stosur.

It was world No.7 Perez’s second walkover for the day, having progressed to the women’s doubles third round with American partner Nicole Melichar-Martinez as well without needing to take to the court.

Ebden and Perez were the only Australian winners in doubles on day nine in Paris, with Rinky Hijikata, Max Purcell, Jordan Thompson and John Peers’ respective campaigns all coming to an end.

Aussies in action – Roland Garros

Men’s doubles, second round
[Alt] Manuel Guinard (FRA)/Gregoire Jacq (FRA) d Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Guido Andreozzi (ARG) 6-2 7-6(11)

Men’s doubles, third round
[2] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) d N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela Martinez (MEX) 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(8)
[11] Simone Bolelli…

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