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Bhupathi/Bopanna Clinch First ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Team Crown In Paris

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Bhupathi, Bopanna© AFP/Getty ImagesMahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna won their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Paris.

Fifth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna won their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title together on Sunday as they defeated seventh seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6(6), 6-3 in 85 minutes in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

Bhupathi and Bopanna share € 142,500 in prize money and earn 1,000 ATP Doubles Team Rankings points, while fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifiers Qureshi and Rojer received €69,780 and 600 points.

“The match could have gone either way, but I felt we played really well on the big points,” said Bhupathi. “At this level, at this stage of any big event, that is what counts.”

Bopanna said, “It is definitely the best week we have played all season. We are very happy with the way we played and I hope we can take this form to London.”

Bhupathi, 38, has now won 16 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies, while Bopanna clinches his second shield. Last year, Bopanna and Qureshi won the Paris title. Bhupathi is now 51-49 lifetime in tour-level finals, while Bopanna improves to 7-14.

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“We have been very consistent at the [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000s,” said Bhupathi. “It has been a little disappointing in the [Grand] Slams, but we have made up for it here.”

Bopanna said, “The [Barclays ATP World Tour] Finals is one of the best events we have in tennis, especially being in England with the public appreciating tennis so much. Hopefully momentum can carry us on to do well next week.

The duo clinched the eighth and final spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals this week with victory in their winner-take-all quarter-final clash with Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. “I am so relieved and happy to have qualified for London,” said Bhupathi.

The Indian duo, who teamed up at the start of 2012, won their first team title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February (d. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski) before finishing runners-up at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Cincinnati (l. to Lindstedt/Tecau) and Shanghai (l. to Paes/Stepanek).

Qureshi and Rojer, who saved two match points in a 17-15 Match tie-break second-round win over Feliciano Lopez and Nenad Zimonjic, were playing their third ATP World Tour final together (2-1). Qureshi drops to 7-8 in title matches and Rojer to 7-9.

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