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Bhupathi/Bopanna Oust Top Seeds In Rome QFs

Rome, Italy

Mirnyi, Nestor© Getty ImagesTop seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor fell to No. 7 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna on Friday.

Seventh seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna knocked off top-seeded Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 7-5 in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals Friday in Rome.

The pair from India won 79 per cent of their service points, and converted a break of serve in each set to wrap up victory in 70 minutes.

Bhupathi and Bopanna, coming off a semi-final showing at the Mutua Madrid Open last week (l. to Lindstedt/Tecau), are aiming to win their second title of the season after triumphing at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski).

In the semi-finals, Bhupathi/Bopanna will play Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. The Spanish duo upset No. 3 seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-2, capitalising on four of seven break point opportunities to advance in 72 minutes.

Lukasz Kubot and Janko Tipsarevic moved through to the final four, handing Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan their second straight quarter-final defeat at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. Kubot and Tipsarevic, teaming up for the second time this season, won 79 per cent of their first serve points to beat the two-time champions in 72 minutes.

The Polish/Serbian tandem will look to reach their first final together when they take on fourth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau. The Swedish/Romanian pair avenged their Madrid final defeat to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, edging the ‘Polish Power’ 6-2, 1-6, 12-10. 

Lindstedt/Tecau will contest their sixth semi-final of the season, having captured the trophy at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest (d. Chardy/Kubot) and finishing runner-up at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (l. to Llodra/Zimonjic) in addition to their title match appearance in Madrid last week.

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