Runner-up two years ago, Rohan Bopanna is enjoying his time in Montreal, where he is partnering Denis Shapovalov.

In 2017, Rohan Bopanna had his best result in the French Canadian metropolis, when he and then partner Ivan Dodig reached the final of sixth Masters 1000 of the tennis season, narrowly losing to the French team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (the final finished 10-6 in the match tiebreak).

This year, the 39-year-old from Bangalore is playing alongside the young Canadian, Denis Shapovalov. The pair, who also played together in Indian Wells (round of 16), Miami (quarter-finals), and Stuttgart (runner-ups), is now into the Coupe Rogers semifinals following the withdrawal of Benoît Paire and Stan Wawrinka. On Saturday, they will play Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands.

Having fun is the key

Following their second-round victory, BATennis World had the chance to talk with the Indian doubles veteran about Montreal and playing with “Shapo”.

Q: How is it to be playing with Denis?

RB: Rather fun! Especially here in Canada. He’s got a lot of good support. I’m playing with such a young and talented boy! I’ve enjoyed playing with him this year. We got to know each other pretty well as well.

The key in doubles is just enjoying it. That’s what makes a good partnership. We’re having a lot of fun on court and are playing some good tennis.

Q: Does it help that the crowd, yes, is with Denis, but there is also a lot of Indian support here as well, no?

RB: Absolutely, yes. I’ve had that from the past. In the few years I’ve been coming to Canada, there’s been tremendous support. We are a big population in our country so there are a few people here supporting as well. It’s always a bonus. It’s nice to have home support outside your country.

Bopanna and the new Player Council nominations

It was, of course, impossible not to ask a veteran player such as Rohan Bopanna about the new nominations of the Player Council, starting with their new doubles players representative, Jürgen Melzer.

Here is what he had to say on the matter:

“I think it’s fantastic. He’s been on the tour for such a long time, a very, very experienced player. I think he can bring a lot, not only in terms of his experience, but also in knowing the players himself. I think it makes a big difference and I’m really looking forward to that.”

About the return of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the council:

“I think it’s fantastic to have these guys back in the Player Council. They’ve done such great jobs when they were a part of it and to have them back is a really, really plus point for the ATP and for all of us as players.”

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