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Bhupathi and Bopanna in doubles final
Alex Leach / 3 March 2012
DUBAI - Indian duo Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have made it through to the menís doubles final of the DDF Tennis Championships on Saturday.
Fourth-ranked Bhupathi and Bopanna beat unseeded Austrians Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya over two tie-break sets 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) and will now meet Polandís Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.
Fyrstenberg and Matkowski overcame Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 10-4 in a Champions tie-break after the first two sets were shared, with the first going 6-4 to Fyrstenberg and Matkowski and the subsequent second 6-3 to Erlich and Ram.
Earlier, Peya and Bhupathi exchanged service breaks to reach 6-6, where Bhupathi & Bopanna won the first five points in a row and eventually closed it out at 7-2. There were to be no service breaks in the second set though, leading to another tense tie-break that Bhupathi & Bopanna claimed 9-7 after saving two set points.
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