Fifth-seeded Paes and Stepanek, the Australian Open champions, were level at 6-6 when the Spaniards could not play further. Paes-Stepanek face second-seeded Americans Bob and Mike Bryan — the champions in 2005, 2008 & 2010 in Friday’s final.

Paes and Radek Stepanek
Paes (right) and Stepanek during their US Open semi-final against Lopez-Granollers on Thursday

“I have a great partner. He really pushed me today and pulled the whip out, which is probably what I needed. We are looking forward to the final,” said Paes.