French Open semifinal: Bopanna-Middelkoop lose to Arevalo-Rojer in tremendous tiebreak, HIGHLIGHTS

Published:Mar 10, 202422:16
French Open semifinal: Bopanna-Middelkoop lose to Arevalo-Rojer in tremendous tiebreak, HIGHLIGHTS

Thanks for tuning into Sportstar's reside protection of the 2022 French Open males's doubles semifinal between the Indo-Dutch pair of Rohan Bopanna-Matwe Middelkoop and the duo of Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you thru the motion because it unfolded on the Simonne-Mathieu Courtroom at Roland Garros in Paris.

Bopanna/Middelkoop636  (8)


Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer, 40, turns into the oldest participant to achieve the Roland Garros males's doubles remaining within the Open Period. Nonetheless, for Rohan Bopanna and for India, the marketing campaign at this yr's French Open is over.  

THIRD SET (* denotes server)

Tremendous tiebreak: Bopanna serves first up and had the possibility to complete it with an overhead volley on the web however surprisingly, he sends it broad. Middelkoop with the forehand winner to make it 1-1.  Glorious stretch on the web from Rojer to place the volley away. Middelkoop continues to blast the forehand and makes it 2-3 because the return from Twelfth seeds goes lengthy. Arevalo-Rojer 4-2 up after Bopanna's forehand discovering solely the web. Essential forehand winner from Arevalo to go 6-2 up. Should win level for Bopanna and he does clinch it with a large first serve. Weak backhand from Middelkoop and Rojer hits the volley away to go up 7-3. Bopanna wins the battle of the volleys in opposition to Rojer to cut back the deficit to 4-7. Bopanna makes it 5-7 with one other volley put away after Middelkoop begins off with a very good first serve. Sluggish second serve from Middelkoop and Rojer sends the backhand return broad - 7-6. Highly effective first serve from Rojer, Middelkoop sends the return for a straightforward backhand put away on the web for Arevalo. Robust serve from Rojer to Bopanna backhand and it's three match factors. Bopanna one way or the other retains the rally alive and Middelkoop steps in to place the volley away. Good work by Middelkoop underneath stress to hit one other volley and save two match factors. Vast serve from Arevalo and Middelkoop's backhand return goes flying off the court docket. Arevalo-Rojer win 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8).

Arevalo/Rojer* 6-6 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Jean-Julien Rojer to serve to remain alive on this semifinal. Begins off with a physique serve and reaps the reward as Bopanna's backhand return goes lengthy. Underneath stress, Middelkoop sends the forehand in the direction of Arevalo who hits the volley into the web. Beautiful serve and volley by Rojer to go 30-15 up. Nonetheless, double fault on the very subsequent level and Rojer is underneath stress. Rising as much as the event, Rojer sends the serve down the T, Bopanna runs round it however the return gives Rojer the best of the volleys to be put away whereas the Indian stumbles close to the baseline. Bopanna messes up the angled forehand at deuce and it's recreation level for the Twelfth seeds. Arevalo places away the volley on Middelkoop's return and we're headed to a brilliant tiebreak.

Arevalo/Rojer 5 -6 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Middelkoop with a stable forehand return winner. Robust serve down the T and Arevalo struggles to get the racquet on it. Forehand winner the down the centre from Middelkoop. Arevalo's return goes lengthy and Middelkoop holds.

Arevalo/Rojer* 5-5 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Arevalo to serve to maintain the Twelfth seeds within the set and match. A quite uncharacteristic error from Bopanna who had open court docket on the fitting however he sends the forehand lengthy. Forehand cross court docket winner from Arevalo to go 30-0 up adopted by a straightforward volley put away by Rojer on the web. Three recreation factors. Vast serve from Arevalo and Middelkoop's backhand hits the web.

Arevalo/Rojer 4 -5 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Bopanna to serve on this essential ninth recreation. Good transfer from Middelkoop following the Indian's function he places away the volley on Rojer's return. Arevalo misses the return because the Indo-Dutch pair goes 30-0 up. Make that 40-0 as Bopanna assaults Rojer's forehand which lastly goes lengthy. Error on the backhand return from Arevalo and it's a good service maintain for the Sixteenth-seeded duo.

Arevalo/Rojer* 4 - 4 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Jean-Julien Rojer to serve. Excessive bounce on the second serve from Rojer and Bopanna messes up on the return after getting distracted from somebody shifting amongst the spectators. Robust serving from the Dutchman to go 30-0 up. Three recreation factors for the Twelfth seeds to make it 4-4 they usually do it on the first time of asking.

Arevalo/Rojer 3 -4 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Down the T ace from Middelkoop to go 30-0 up. Physique serve from one Dutchman to the opposite and Rojer sends the return into the web. Glorious service recreation from Middelkoop as Arevalo's return goes lengthy.

Arevalo/Rojer* 3 - 3 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Arevalo serves. Second serve permits Bopanna to ship the return however a low forehand from Arevalo means Middelkoop cannot get his volley to go over the web. Variable bounce after Bopanna's backhand down the road attracts the error on the forehand from Arevalo. Serve up the T from Arevalo and Bopanna misses the chip. Nice serve from Arevalo broad to Middelkoop's left and Rojer finishes the rally off with the volley. Nonetheless on serve.

Arevalo/Rojer 2 -3 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Confusion between Bopanna and Middelkoop as soon as Rojer obtained his return in and finally, Arevalo sends the down the road forehand within the empty court docket. Higher serve from Bopanna units up the volley for Middelkoop. Uncommon miss on the backhand slice from Rojer. Traditional lob by Bopanna goes over Rojer's head and lands effectively contained in the baseline. Thunderbolt of a serve from Bopanna, Rojer one way or the other sends the ball again just for Middelkoop to complete the purpose with the best of the volleys.

Arevalo/Rojer* 2 - 2 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Rojer with the physique serve on Bopanna who's backhand return goes into the web. Middelkoop fully misses the Rojer serve. Heavy cross court docket forehand return from Bopanna and Arevalo's volley goes lengthy. Middelkoop snatches on the return on Rojer's serve and the ball goes into the stands. Comfy maintain for Arevalo-Rojer.

Arevalo/Rojer 1 -2 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Middelkoop serves. Arevalo and Rojer attempt to shut in and put Middelkoop underneath stress earlier than Rojer himself sends the volley lengthy. Error on the forehand return from Rojer and the Indo-Dutch pair goes 30-15 up.  Not for lengthy although as Arevalo's forehand return goes by way of Middelkoop and Bopanna on the web. Rojer strikes to the web after Arevalo sends the cross court docket forehand return on Middelkoop's serve who finds the forehand down the road winner.

Arevalo/Rojer* 1 - 1 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Arevalo to serve first for the Twelfth seeded pair. He serves to Bopanna who tries the lob however the ball by no means makes it previous the web. Bopanna sends the forehand lengthy within the subsequent rally. Bopanna places stress on Arevalo with the return and Arevalo decides to focus on Middelkoop on the again with the cross court docket forehand however sends it lengthy. Large miss from Middelkoop who ought to have put the volley away. Arevalo-Rojer maintain.

Arevalo/Rojer 0 -1 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Bopanna to serve first within the decider. He begins off in type - ace up the T. Error on the forehand from Arevalo. Return from Rojer goes lengthy and the Indo-Dutch pair is 40-0 up. Simple as you want. One other gun serve from Bopanna and Middelkoop places away the volley.

SECOND SET (* denotes server)


Arevalo/Rojer* 6 - 3 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Arevalo serving for the set. Pretty serves from Arevalo make it straightforward for Rojer to finish the primary two factors with volleys on the web. Yet one more and the Twelfth seeds have three set factors. Fourth level follows the script of the earlier three and Arevalo-Rojer win the second set 6-3 to take this semifinal to a deciding third set.

Arevalo/Rojer  5 -3 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Middelkoop serves. Arevalo is fired up as he forces Bopanna to ship two volleys into the web and transfer 30-0 up. Cross court docket forehand from Arevalo goes lengthy. A sensational forehand return down the road from Rojer and Bopanna is a mere spectator. Good second serve from Middelkoop, Bopanna sends the volley instantly at Rojer's toes.  Arevalo-Rojer break as the person from El Salvador sends a superb cross court docket winner.

Arevalo/Rojer* 4 - 3 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Matwe Middelkoop with one other down the road forehand winner on this match which is quickly adopted by a cross court docket forehand winner by Bopanna. Rojer's serve underneath menace. Arevalo finds the house between Middelkoop and Bopanna to ship the volley - that should elevate his confidence. My phrase! Rohan Bopanna with a forehand winner on the sting of the sideline to earn a break level. Middelkoop places within the return on Rojer's serve whose volley finds Bopanna. Bopanna, out of place, sends the volley into the web. Bopanna misses a uncommon backhand return which works into the web - benefit to the Twelfth seeds. Arevalo and Rojer maintain as Middelkoop commits the error on the forehand return.

Arevalo/Rojer  3 -3 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Bopanna serves. Arevalo sends the volley down the center however MIDDELkoop sends the return volley bang in Arevalo's face. Serve down the T from Bopanna and volley put away on the web from his Dutch patner - 30-15 up. Break level for Arevalo-Rojer as Bopanna's forehand goes broad. Nerves kick in for Arevalo once more as he snatches on the return on Bopanna's serve. Benefit to the Indo-Dutch pair as Bopanna finds the empty court docket to the fitting of Rojer on the web. Unbelievable cross court docket forehand winner from Bopanna after a few down the road forehands exchanged with Arevalo. Nonetheless on serve.

Arevalo/Rojer* 3 - 2 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Deep backhand down the road return from Middelkoop and Arevalo's cross court docket forehand solely finds the web - 15-all. Bopanna and Middelkoop attempt to push the stress by closing in on the web however Rojer finds the empty court docket with the volley. Bopanna goes with the backhand return, doesn't work, then switches to forehand rally with Arevalo who in the end sends one lengthy. Arevalo holds after a nervous recreation.

Arevalo/Rojer  2 -2 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Ace out broad from Middelkoop to start service. Volley from Bopanna finds Rojer in a clumsy place and his volley return goes lengthy - 30-0. Rojer places within the return and races as much as the web to place the stress on fellow Dutchman Middelkoop who hits the forehand into the web. A few cross court docket forehands exchanged between Middelkoop and Arevalo earlier than Arevalo decides to go down the road. Proper considering however simply misses the road. Nice second serve from Middelkoop and Rojer faults on the return.

Arevalo/Rojer* 2 - 1 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Bopanna giving one other superb backhand return winner for the match highlights. Serve down the centre from Rojer, Middelkoop places the return on a platter for Arevalo to complete with a volley. Arevalo-Rojer maintain. Nonetheless on serve within the second set.

Arevalo/Rojer  1 -1 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Arevalo-Rojer 30-0 up on Bopanna's serve. Nice overhead smash from Middelkoop on the web to go away no probability for Rojer to get it. Poor lob from Arevalo and Middelkoop finishes it with one other smash. Early backhand return from Rojer and Bopanna's forehand goes into the web. T serve from Bopanna and Arevalo's return goes lengthy - deuce. One other serve up the T from Bopanna, Rojer retrieves, Middelkoop fails to place away the volley however Rojer's lob simply goes previous the baseline a lot to the Indo-Czech pair's aid. Bopanna-Middelkoop maintain. Simply.

Arevalo/Rojer* 1 - 0 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Arevalo to serve first within the second set. A vital maintain to start for the Twelfth-seeded pair.

FIRST SET (* denotes server)


Arevalo/Rojer  4 -6 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Eight-shot rally to start the tenth recreation and Rojer comes up with a profitable volley to Bopanna's proper on the web. Middelkoop, underneath stress, hits an ace on the second serve. Rojer with a gem of a degree development - backhand down the road return and a volley to complete. Double fault from Middelkoop and two break factors for Twelfth seeds. Bopanna saves one as his volley on Rojer's return simply finds the open court docket. Heavy second serve from Middelkoop and Arevalo's nervous return goes broad. Ace up the T from Middelkoop and it's set level alternative. Vast serve from Middelkoop, Arevalo barely manages to ship the return just for Bopanna to complete issues off within the opening set with a cross court docket volley.

Arevalo/Rojer* 4 - 5 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Good play from Bopanna who chips the return on Arevalo's serve, prices to the web to place stress on him and attracts out the error as Arevalo finally hits one into the web. Other than that, first rate serving from Arevalo to shut out the sport. Middelkoop to serve for the set.

Arevalo/Rojer  3 -5 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Rohan Bopanna to serve with the brand new ball. Rojer manages to get the return in on Bopanna's second serve, engages him in a rally and finishes the purpose with a straightforward put away on the web.  Nice palms from Rojer on the web to shock Middelkoop who positively did not anticipate a volley. Middelkoop rectifies his mistake by concentrating on Arevalo within the subsequent rally and the ball hits the person from El Salvador within the foot. A fired-up Bopanna hits two aces because the Indo-Dutch pair holds to steer 5-3.

Arevalo/Rojer* 3 - 4 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Matwe Middelkoop is in some type right now as he hits a beautiful cross court docket backhand return on Rojer's serve to make it 15-all. A clear backhand down the road from Bopanna and the Indo-Dutch pair strikes forward 30-15. Bopanna had it however one way or the other put the volley into the web. Physique serve from Rojer on Bopanna works because the return lands into the web. Rojer escapes as Middelkoop's return goes flying off the court docket.

Arevalo/Rojer  2 -4 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Middelkoop serving to his compatriot Rojer whose return simply misses the road. An ace from the Dutchman to steer 30-0. Bopanna sends the volley between the 2 gamers on the following level and the Sixteenth seeds have three recreation factors. One gone courtesy of a Middelkoop double fault. No worries as Jean-Julien Rojer's volley goes broad and Bopanna-Middelkoop maintain.

Arevalo/Rojer* 2 - 3 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Arevalo serves and very quickly, the Twelfth seeds are 30-0 up. Not for lengthy although as Rojer messes up a volley after which, Middelkoop comes up with a lovely forehand return on the following to make it 30-all. First deuce of this males's doubles semifinal. Gun serve from Arevalo results in a protracted return from Bopanna. This time, a large serve and Middelkoop barely will get his racquet on it.

Arevalo/Rojer  1 -3 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Bopanna serves. First rate return from Rojer and his fellow Dutchman Middelkoop places the volley into the web. Middelkoop one way or the other will get the volley on the web to search out an empty spot on the court docket. Highly effective serves from Bopanna to go 40-15 up. Rojer's return goes lengthy. Bopanna-Middelkoop consolidate the break.

Arevalo/Rojer* 1 - 2 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Alternative for the Indo-Dutch pair because it takes a 30-15 lead on Rojer's serve. Break level for the Sixteenth seeds at 40-30 courtesy of two sensational backhand returns from Bopanna. Middelkoop sends the return over Arevalo's head nevertheless it lands in. Bopanna-Middelkoop break.

Arevalo/Rojer  1 - 1 Bopanna/Middelkoop* - Middelkoop to serve first from the Indo-Dutch pair. Rojer's return goes lengthy on a robust first serve from Middelkoop. Nonetheless, a superb cross court docket forehand on the next level from Rojer provides no probability to Bopanna on the web. Bopanna-Middelkoop maintain.

Arevalo/Rojer* 1 - 0 Bopanna/Middelkoop - Arevalo serves first up and return from Bopanna is definitely put away with a volley on the web from Arevalo. Middelkoop's return on the following goes off cout. First rally of the match and it ends with Middelkoop's tried volley hitting the web. Bopanna tries to remain within the rally with a lob nevertheless it goes lengthy and Arevalo-Rojer maintain comfortably.


Heat up is completed. Recreation time!

3:48 PM: TOSS - Arevalo and Rojer win the toss and elect to serve.  

3:45 PM: Each pairs ready eagerly to step on court docket. Stay motion shortly.

3:40 PM: ICYMI, Rohan Bopanna had mirrored on his season to date and his plans for Roland Garros preparation firstly of the clay court docket season: Here is the complete interview: Rohan Bopanna: ‘Present tennis to develop tennis within the nation’

3:20 PM: Couple of minutes to go for this thrilling conflict. Who do you assume will triumph?  

3:10 PM: Let's know slightly bit about Bopanna and Middelkoop's opponents right now - Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands.

Arevalo and Rojer have gained two ATP250 titles this yr - Dallas and Delray Seashore. On the French Open, they've had a reasonably snug run to the semis -

1st Sphericalgained 7-6 (5), 6-3 in opposition to Oswald/Verdugo
2nd Sphericalgained 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in opposition to Guinard/Couacaud
third Sphericalgained 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in opposition to Venus/Puetz
Quarterfinalgained 7-6 (8), 5-3 ret. in opposition to Hernandez/Matos

3 PM: Win would additionally take Bopanna to solely his second-ever males's doubles remaining at a Slam. His earlier and solely look in a males's doubles remaining at a Main got here again in 2010 when the Indo-Pak Specific of Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi misplaced to Bryan brothers on the US Open within the summit conflict.

2:50 PM: If Bopanna and Middelkoop win right now, Bopanna would be the first Indian since Leander Paes to achieve the boys's doubles remaining at Roland Garros. Paes and Czech Republic's Lukas Dlouhy, after profitable the title in 2009, misplaced to Serbian-Canadian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor within the remaining the next yr.

2:40 PM: Rohan Bopanna and his Dutch associate Matwe Middelkoop have had a memorable run to date at this yr's French Open they usually'll hope it goes all the best way once they face Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Jean-Julien Roger of the Netherlands within the semifinal right now.


Rohan Bopanna and his Dutch associate Matwe Middelkoop tackle Twelfth seeds Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands within the first males's doubles semifinal of the 2022 French Open on the Simonne-Mathieu Courtroom at Roland Garros in Paris on Thursday.

Bopanna, 42, and Matwe Middelkoop, 38, reached their first-ever males's doubles semifinals on the clay Main on Monday after the duo got here from behind to beat the British-Finnish pair of Lloyd Glasspool and Henri Heliovaara.

The Sixteenth-seeded pair defeated Glasspool and Heliovaara 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in two hours 4 minutes.

READ: Rohan Bopanna: ‘Present tennis to develop tennis within the nation’

Bopanna and Middelkoop reached the quarterfinals after saving 5 match factors in an exhilarating 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (10) third-round win over second-seeded Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic. Earlier, that they had gained their first and second spherical matches in opposition to native wild playing cards Sascha Gueymard Wayenburg and Luca Van Assche (6-4, 6-1), and the Kazakh-French pair of Andrey Golubev and Fabrice Martin (6-3, 6-4), respectively in straight units.

Bopanna has reached the boys's doubles semifinals of a Main for the primary time since Wimbledon 2015.

The final Indian to win a males's doubles title at a Grand Slam is Leander Paes who lifted the trophy together with Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek on the 2013 US Open whereas the final Indian to win a Grand Slam title is Bopanna himself who, together with Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski, clinched the combined doubles crown on the 2017 French Open.

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