Bhupathi-Bopanna pair in Paris Masters final
Paris: The Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna stood just win away from for its second ATP men`s doubles title together this season after advancing to the BNP Paribas Masters final here.
Fifth seeds Bhupathi and Bopanna defeated Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray 7-5, 6-3. The Indians saved all five break points faced on serve while capitalising on two of their opportunities to emerge triumphant.
Bhupathi and Bopanna will be attempting to win their second title of the season following their triumph at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
They were finalists earlier this year at a pair of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments -- the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati and the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
They will be up against seventh seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer in the finals. Qureshi and Rojer rallied past Marin Cilic and Marcelo Melo 0-6, 6-4, 11-9 in their semifinal clash.
They are through to their third final of the season after lifting trophies at the Estoril Open and Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
Qureshi is bidding for a successful title defence in Paris, having captured it last year with Bopanna. Rojer will contest his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.