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Rohan Bopanna - Gabriela Dabrowski crowned French Open Mixed Doubles Champions

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Indian star Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski on Thursday won a tough three-set battle to clinch the mixed doubles title at the French Open tennis tournament. The seventh seeded Indo-Canadian combination overcame the unseeded pair of Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10.

Dabrowski and Bopanna, seeded seventh in the tournament, advanced to the championship match without dropping a set. In the final, they saved two match points in the match tiebreak before claiming victory following a Grönefeld double fault after 1 hour, 26 minutes of play. This is the first Grand Slam title for both Dabrowski and 37-year-old Bopanna.

Bopanna is the fourth Indian to win a Grand Slam title after Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza. Bopanna is also the fourth Indian to become mixed doubles champion at the French Open. Bhupathi was the first -- he won the title with Rika Hiraki of Japan in 1997. Bhupathi achieved the feat for a second time in 2012 with Sania Mirza before Paes partnered Swiss star Martina Hingis to win the title last year.

Indians have now won a total of 20 mixed doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments. Dabrowski also created history on Thursday as she became the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam title. Dabrowski joins Daniel Nestor, Sébastien Lareau, and Vasek Pospisil as the only Canadians to win a Major doubles title.

"We didn't start off a great today, but we kept pushing and working hard together, and we finally got through. We relaxed a little more in the second set, and we started playing our game. We were trying to do too much as a team. Because it was a final, we were trying to go for too much maybe on the returns or even on the serve," Bopanna was quoted as saying.

For the Canadian Dabrowski, lifting the first Grand Slam trophy in career was undoubtedly a dream from childhood that came true.

"Very special. It's something that you always dream about as a kid. It's kind of funny, because you never know where the journey is going to take you, singles, doubles, now mixed doubles," she said.

"I couldn't be happier."

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