Bhupathi-Bopanna duo clinch Paris Masters

Posted By: Pti
Paris, Nov 5: Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna clinched the Paris Masters, their second title of the year, after scoring a hard-fought win over Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer here on Sunday.

The fifth-seeded Indian pair, playing their fourth final of the season, struggled past the Pakistan-Dutch combination 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the summit clash which lasted one hour and 24 minutes.

Bhupathi and Bopanna had won the Dubai ATP event and ended runners-up at Cincinnati and Shanghai.

The Indians could not convert a single breakpoint of the six chances in the opening set but held nerves in the tie-breaker to take the lead.

They saved a crucial break chance in the second set and cashed in on both the chances on opponents' serve to seal the win. The Indians have already qualified for the season-ending finale, where they will make their debut as a pair.

The 38-year-old Bhupathi is a four-time runner-up at the event, losing the final in 2010 with Max Mirnyi and 1997, '99 and 2000 with Leander Paes.

Bopanna, 32, made his debut at the year-end championships last year with Qureshi.


Story first published: Monday, November 5, 2012, 9:38 [IST]
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