Bhupathi-Mirnyi out, Bopanna-Qureshi in semis of Nice event

New Delhi: Top seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Max
Mirnyi suffered a shock defeat but Rohan Bopanna and
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi eased into the semifinals of the ATP 250
event in Nice, France.

Bhupathi and Belarussian Mirnyi lost their quarter-final
3-6, 3-6 to Italian pair of Andrea Seppi and Potito Starace to
crash out of the euro 398,250 clay court event.

However, Bopanna kept the Indian flag flying as he and
his Pakistani partner scored an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over the
British pair of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski in their
last-eight stage match.

They will now fight it out with Leos Friedl of Italy and
Serbian Dusan Vemic for a place in the summit clash.

Bhupathi and Mirnyi split euro 3,500 and earned 45
ranking points each.


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