Saturday was a day of two coronations. While London was witnessing that of Charles III, the Spanish capital was in search of the doubles kings at the 2023 Mutua Madrid Open. Rain affected proceedings in England, but the Manolo Santana Stadium was bathed in sun, and the championship match did not disappoint.
Matthew Ebden and Rohan Bopanna clashed with Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev in search of the throne. The Indian was the only player to have previously reigned in Madrid, the other three men never having tasted glory in the Spanish capital.
The match started out with Khachanov and Rublev dominating their way to the first set (6-3). However, the Bopanna/Ebden duo responded to take the second with the same scoreline and send the encounter to a match tiebreak. It was there that Khachanov, who was bidding for his first doubles title, stamped his authority on the Madrid clay with some stunning tennis, earning himself and his partner a 6-0 lead that proved too much for their adversaries to overcome (6-3, 3-6, 10-3).
Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev are the new kings of the Mutua Madrid Open