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Qureshi/Rojer Rally To Reach Paris Final

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Rojer, Qureshi© Getty ImagesJean-Julien Rojer and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi advance to the BNP Paribas Masters final.

Seventh seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer advanced to the BNP Paribas Masters final on Saturday, rallying past Marin Cilic and Marcelo Melo 0-6, 6-4, 11-9 in Paris.

Despite winning six fewer points than Cilic and Melo, Qureshi and Rojer prevailed in the Match Tie-break to advance in 82 minutes. They are through to their third final of the season after lifting trophies at the Estoril Open and Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Qureshi is bidding for a successful title defence in Paris, having captured the title last year with Rohan Bopanna. Rojer will contest his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.

For the title, Qureshi and Rojer will face No. 5 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Bopanna, who defeated Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray 7-5, 6-3. The Indians saved all five break points faced on serve while capitalising on two of their opportunities.

Bhupathi and Bopanna will be attempting to win their second title of the season following their triumph at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. They were finalists earlier this year at a pair of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

The two duos will compete at next week’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, having secured the final two spots in the elite eight-team field with their performances in Paris. Qureshi and Rojer qualified with their second-round win over Feliciano Lopez and Nenad Zimonjic, while Bhupathi and Bopanna clinched the winner-take-all quarter-final against Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

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