BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Fyrstenberg/Matkowski Clinch Last Final Showdown Spot
by ATP Staff|
Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski clinched the final doubles berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Saturday. The Poles were guaranteed their place in the elite eight-team field when Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau were beaten in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters. Had the Belarusian/Romanian duo reached the final in Paris, they would have secured the last spot.
Second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares defeated Mirnyi and Tecau 3-6, 6-2, 10-3 in 70 minutes. The Austrian-Brazilian duo are set to compete at the season finale for the first time next week in London. They are chasing their sixth ATP World Tour team title of the season, following triumphs in Sao Paulo, Barcelona, Eastbourne, Montreal and last week in Valencia.
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will get a rematch with Peya and Soares in Sunday's final in Paris, after the Americans ousted Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 7-5 in the second semi-final. Trailing 5-3 in the second set, they reeled off four straight games to clinch the victory.
Peya and Soares saved four match points in the final of last week's Valencia Open 500 to stun the top-ranked Bryans. The 35-year-old California natives will contest their 14th ATP World Tour final of the year, the second-most in a single season in their careers.