SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2012
Bhupathi/Bopanna To Face Paes/Stepanek For Title
by ATP Staff|
Seventh seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna reached their second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final of the season on Saturday as they defeated British duo Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-8 at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Both teams fired nine aces, but the Indian pairing faced no break points and were able to convert one of their six opportunities to claim victory in one hour and 36 minutes. Fleming and Hutchins had defeated third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau and sixth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer to reach their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final.
Bhupathi and Bopanna were runners-up at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (l. to Lindstedt/Tecau) in August. Currently eighth in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London, Bhupathi and Bopanna are bidding to press their claim to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by winning their second ATP World Tour title of the season, after victory at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski).
In the final, Bhupathi and Bopanna will face fourth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, who converted six of their seven break points as they dismissed Marin Cilic and Marcelo Melo 6-0, 6-2 in 57 minutes.
Paes and Stepanek are through to their second final in a row, having finished runners-up last week at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo (l. to Peya/Soares). The Indian/Czech duo won the Australian Open (d. Bryans) and Sony Open Tennis (d. Mirnyi/Nestor) titles earlier in the season and also reached the US Open final (l. to Bryans) last month. They have already secured their place at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.