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Bhupathi-Bopanna win in Paris, clinch London berth

Paris, Nov 3: Indian duo Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna claimed a berth in the ATP World Tour Finals in London with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-4 win over Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in
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India TV News Desk November 03, 2012 15:31 IST
Paris, Nov 3: Indian duo Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna claimed a berth in the ATP World Tour Finals in London with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-4 win over Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the quarter finals of BNP Paribas Masters here.



Friday's victory in the winner-takes-all clash will see the Indians making debut as a team in the season finale at London.

The 38-year-old Bhupathi is a four-time runner-up at the London event, losing in the final in 2010 (w/Mirnyi) and 1997, 1999 and 2000 with Leander Paes.

Bopanna, 32, made his debut at the year-end championships last year, partnering Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.

The Indian pairing joined forces this season and have compiled a 29-20 match record.

They won their first title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and were runners-up at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Cincinnati.

Seventh seeds Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, who have also qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, also reached the semi-finals in Paris with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor.

The Pakistani/Dutch tandem converted two of their seven break points to prevail in 75 minutes.

Qureshi and Rojer, winners of two ATP World Tour titles this season, will face Marin Cilic and Marcelo Melo, who beat the in-form Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 in 89 minutes.

Peya and Soares have won three ATP World Tour titles in their past four events, lifting the trophies in Valencia, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur.

Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray backed up their second-round win over top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan by edging French wild card pairing Josselin Ouanna and Nicolas Renavand 7-6(6), 7-6(5).
 

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