Pro Tennis Internet Network

Bhupathi/Bopanna Reach SFs; Britons Save Two M.P. Versus Qureshi/Rojer

Shanghai, China

Hutchins, Fleming© Getty ImagesRoss Hutchins and Colin Fleming have reached their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final.

Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna advanced to their fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final of the season on Friday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

The seventh seeds saved all five break points they faced to defeat second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6(7), 6-4 in 84 minutes. Bopanna and Bhupathi are 11-7 at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, which includes one final appearance at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (l. to Lindstedt/Tecau).

While Nestor and Mirnyi will bid to retain their title at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London, from 5-12 November, Bhupathi and Bopanna have yet to qualify. They are currently No. 8 in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London and will next play No. 11-ranked Britons Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, who also remain in the hunt for a berth as the season-ending championship.

Fleming and Hutchins saved two match points at 8-9 and 9-10 in the Match Tie-break to beat sixth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6(2), 4-6, 12-10 in two hours and 14 minutes. Qureshi double-faulted at 9-8 in the Match tie-break and Fleming saved the second match point on serve. Fleming and Hutchins, who beat third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau in the second round, are now 34-18 on the season and will play their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final. 

Buy Tickets  | Photo Gallery | Television schedule

Watch Live Online 

Fourth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek edged Jurgen Melzer and Milos Raonic 7-5, 6-7(4), 10-5 to book their place in the semi-finals. The Australian Open champions won four fewer total points than Melzer and Raonic but took six of their seven service points in the deciding Match Tie-break to advance in one hour and 36 minutes.

Paes and Stepanek, coming off runner-up efforts at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships (l. to Peya/Soares) and US Open (l. to Bryan/Bryan) in their past two appearances together, are seeking their second Masters 1000 crown this season. They triumphed at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami (d. Mirnyi/Nestor).

On Saturday, Paes and Stepanek will face Marin Cilic and Marcelo Melo. The Croat/Brazilian duo defeated Eric Butorac and Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 7-6(5) in an all-unseeded quarter-final meeting. Cilic and Melo saved seven of the eight break points against their serves to claim victory in 80 minutes.

Follow ATP World Tour On Twitter & Facebook

Facebook Fans

Search News

©Peter Staples/ATP World Tour


Get Your ATP
Fan Credential

  • Insider News
  • Daily Results
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Ticket Offers

© Copyright 1994 - 2015 ATP Tour, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any way or by any means (including photocopying, recording or storing it in any medium by electronic means), without the written permission of ATP Tour, Inc.

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Enable Mobile