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Bhupathi/Bopanna To Face Polish Power In Dubai Final

Doubles 2012

Bhupathi, Bopanna© Dubai Duty Free Tennis ChampionshipsMahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna reached their first ATP World Tour final together.

Fourth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna reached their first ATP World Tour final together on Friday as they defeated Austrians Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya 7-6(2), 7-6(7) in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals.

The Indians joined forces full-time at the start of the 2012 season and have reached two semi-finals at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Erlich/Ram) and at last week’s Open 13 in Marseille (l. to Brown/Tsonga).  The 37-year-old Bhupathi is bidding to win the Dubai title for the fourth time, having lifted the trophy in 1998 (w/Paes), 2004 (w/Santoro) and 2008 (w/Knowles).

In the final they will face the 'Polish Power', Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, who defeated Israeli tandem Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 in 76 minutes. The third seeds are through to their first final of the season.

Read 'Polish Power: Aiming For Consistency' In DEUCE

At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez upset No. 1 seeds Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek 6-1, 7-5 to reach the Acapulco final. Granollers and Lopez converted four breaks of serve to take the 87-minute victory.

In the final, the two will square off against their countrymen David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco. The Copa Claro champions edged Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank 7-6(6), 7-6(6) to reach their second straight final, following their triumph last week in Buenos Aires.

Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin secured the final semi-final berth at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship, topping Robert Farah and Treat Conrad Huey 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 in 68 minutes.

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