Rohan Bopanna eases into Qatar Open final with Wesley Koolhof 

The pair of Bopanna-Koolhof won the semi-final in straight sets.

By Rahul Venkat ·

India ace Rohan Bopanna continued a fine start to the new year as he moved into the final of the Qatar Open men’s doubles final along with his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof on Wednesday, upstaging the Swiss-American pair of Stanislas Wawrinka and Frances Tiafoe, 6-3, 6-4.

The pairs were evenly matched in most aspects but Bopanna-Koolhof were far superior with their first serves, winning 82 per cent of their points against the 68 per cent by Wawrinka-Tiafoe.

The third-seeded Indo-Dutch pair also won all three of their break points and were ruthless with their service games, winning 37 points to their opponents’ 24. They continued the trend of breaking early for a second consecutive game, as they won five games in a row at one point.

The only blip for Bopanna and Koolhof was that they had three aces to Wawrinka-Tiafoe’s four but it did not matter in the end.

Warm-up for the Australian Open

Bopanna has started the Olympic year in the best manner possible with his performances at the Qatar Open but before the marquee event in Tokyo, there are three Grand Slams, the first of which begins in Australia later this month.

The Indian tennis ace has not announced who he will partner with yet but is certain to take part in the first Grand Slam of the year. Bopanna will be gunning to add a second Grand Slam trophy to his shelf at the event.

His first title came at the 2017 French Open, when he won the mixed doubles title, partnering Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski. He became the fourth Indian to etch his name into the list of Grand Slam winners after Sania Mirza, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.

Bopanna could have had another title at the 2018 Australian Open but he, along with Timea Babos, lost out to the pairing of his former partner Dabrowski and Mate Pavic.