Hesh-Bops supreme in Paris

Fifth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna won their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title together yesterday beating 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. “The match could have gone either way, but I felt we played really well on the big points,” said Bhupathi.

Rohan Bopanna (left) and Mahesh Bhupathi after winning the Paris Masters title yesterday. Pic/AFP

“We have been very consistent at the Masters 1000s. It’s been a bit disappointing in the (Grand) Slams, but we have made up for it here,” added Bhupathi (38), who has won 16 ATP World Tour Masters trophies, while Bopanna won his second shield. Bopanna said: “It’s definitely the best week we have played all season. I hope we can take this form to London.” Hesh-Bops clinched the eighth and final spot at the ATP World Tour Finals this week beating Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in a winner-take-all quarter-final. 

Paes keen to win in his 13th Tour Finals
India’s Leander Paes goes into the eight-team doubles draw of the World Tour Finals as the most experienced player in the fray. Paes (39) a four-time runner-up here, has qualified for the 13th time since his debut in 1997. However, his pairing with Czech Radek Stepanek, makes it their debut show.

Before leaving for London, Paes told MiD DAY that he “wanted to win this title as it would complete his trophy cabinet and cap a fine season.”

The other teams in the fray are Bob Bryan-Mike Bryan (qualified 11 times, won in 2003. ’04, ’09), Max Mirnyi-Daniel Nestor (qualified twice, won in 2011), Robert Lindstedt-Horia Tecau (qualified twice), besides debutantes Jonathan Marray-Frederik Nielsen, Marcel Granollers-Marc Lopez, Aisam Qureshi-Jean-Julien Rojer and Mahesh Bhupathi-Rohan Bopanna.

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