Paes-Bhupathi in finals of Miami ATP event
Miami (USA): Third seeds Leander Paes and
Mahesh Bhupathi saved a match point en route to a hard-fought
three-set win over Oliver Marach and Janko Tipsarevic to book
a berth in the finals of the Sony Ericsson Open tennis
tournament on Friday.
The third-seeded Indian pair won 6-3, 5-7, 11-9 to set up a
clash with second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, who
defeated fourth seeded Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner
6-4, 6-1 in their semifinal match.
Bhupathi and Paes led 6-3 2-0 before Marach and
Tipsarevic turned things around to even the match at one set
"We let our lead slide. It got tight, down match point,
but Leander and I have been in the situation before and
continued to work for each point," Bhupathi conceded.
The Austrian-Serbian combination had a match point at 9-8
in the tie-break but lost the final three points to crash out.
The final is a rematch of the semifinal clash at the
Australian Open, in which Paes and Bhupathi were triumphant in
three grinding sets.