BNP PARIBAS MASTERS PARIS
Moodie-Norman Clinch Final Berth In London Finals
by ATP Staff|
Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman have claimed the last spot in the eight-team field at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi defeated hopefuls Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak 6-3, 6-3 Saturday in the BNP Paribas Masters semi-finals.
Roland Garros and Wimbledon semi-finalists Moodie and Norman will make their team debut at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 21-28 November. Cermak and Mertinak, who reached the semi-finals of the year-end championships last year, needed to win the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Paris-Bercy this week to qualify.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Doubles Qualifiers
Bob Bryan - Mike Bryan
Daniel Nestor – Nenad Zimonjic
Lukas Dlouhy – Leander Paes
Lukasz Kubot – Oliver Marach
Mahesh Bhupathi – Max Mirnyi
Mariusz Fyrstenberg - Marcin Matkowski
Wesley Moodie – Dick Norman
Jurgen Melzer – Philipp Petzschner
Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who have won 11 titles this season, lead the all-star field in London as they look to cap a tremendous season. The three-time former winners have a 19-8 event record and will be making their eighth appearance.
The Bryan brothers will be strongly challenged by close rivals and the only other team in the field to have won the title, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, who will be playing their final tournament together. The Canadian-Serbian duo, who triumphed at Roland Garros this year, will look to regain the trophy they won in 2008.
Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes will feature at the season finale for the third year in a row and will look to record their first victory, having compiled a 0-6 event record. Bhupathi and Mirnyi have capped a successful reunion by securing their place for the third time. The duo, who teamed up this season for the first time since 2004, also qualified in 2003 and ’04, recording a 2-4 record.
Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach, two-time winners on the ATP World Tour this season, have qualified for the second straight year after impressing on their debut last year by reaching the semi-finals. Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski made a late charge to secure their spot for the fourth time in the past five years. The 2008 semi-finalists jumped into the qualification places after reaching four successive finals Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai and Vienna.
Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner will make their team debut at the year-end championships courtesy of triumphing at Wimbledon and finishing inside the Top 20 of the 2010 ATP Doubles Team Rankings. Moodie and Norman then rounded out the field when results in Paris went their way and will make their debut at the season finale.