With a crucial performance in a Match Tie-break, Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden completed their BNP Paribas Open title run the same way they had begun it. In the Indian Wells final on Sunday, the underdog winners defeated top seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski 6-3, 2-6, 10-8, making 43-year-old Bopanna the oldest ATP Masters 1000 title winner.
The Indian-Australian team defeated Canadian singles stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinals before defeating the reigning and two-time desert champions John Isner and Jack Sock in Friday's semifinals.
Their opening triumph came in a Match Tie-break against Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez. Bopanna and Ebden are currently 2-1 in finals with victories in Doha and Rotterdam, improving their combined record to 11-4 in their first season together.