Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden delivered a dominant display in tie-breaks on Saturday to book their spot in the championship match at the Rolex Shanghai Masters.
The fourth seeds prevailed 7-6(0), 4-6, 10-2 against Fabien Reboul and Sadio Doumbia at the Chinese ATP Masters 1000 event. Bopanna and Ebden raised their level in the first-set tie-break and again in the Match Tie-break to claim a one-hour, 40-minute triumph inside Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena.
With their victory, Bopanna and Ebden sealed qualification for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals. It will be their team debut at the prestigious season-ending event.
In Saturday’s semi-final clash in Shanghai, Doumbia and Reboul saved all four break points they faced but were still unable to advance to their maiden Masters 1000 final. Bopanna and Ebden, champions in Indian Wells and Doha already this season, cruised through the Match Tie-break to set a championship-match meeting with seventh seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in China.