India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna clinched their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title together as they battled past Pakistan’s Aisam- Ul- Haq Qureshi and Netherlands’ Jean- Julien Rojer 7-6(6), 6-3 in Paris on Sunday.
The fourth-seeded Indian pair had to stave off a tough challenge against the seventh seeds, before winning in 85 minutes.
Bhupathi, 38, has now won 16 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies – the top bracket of tour events- while Bopanna has won two.
This is their second ATP Tour title as a pair after the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in March, having come together at the start of the year, and they have made two other finals.
Bopanna won this title previously in partnership with Qureshi.
Bhupathi record in tour finals now stands at 50-49 while Bopanna’s is 7-14.
During the tournament, the Indian pair also booked the eighth and last spot at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals with victory in the quarter-finals against Poland’s Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.
Bhupathi and Bopanna had their chances in the first set, but failed to convert any of the six break point opportunities. They were able to pull it through in the tie-breaker. In the second set, they saved a break point and broke their opponents’ serve twice to seal the issue.
“The match could have gone either way, but I felt we played really well on the big points,” said Bhupathi. “At this level and at this stage of any big event, that is what counts. We have been very consistent at the Masters 1000s.
It has been a little disappointing in the ( Grand) Slams, but we have made up for it here.” Bopanna was equally ecstatic with the win, and said they would be looking to carry the momentum into the World Tour Finals.
“It is definitely the best week we have played all season. We are very happy with the way we played,” he said.
“The ATP World Tour Finals is one of the best events we have in tennis, especially being in England with the public appreciating tennis so much. Hopefully, momentum can carry us on to do well next week.” The two teamed up at the start of 2012, but the going has not been all smooth.
After defeating Fyrstenberg and Matkowski in Dubai, they finished runners-up at the Masters 1000 tournaments in Cincinnati and Shanghai. But they crashed out of the second round of the London Olympics, which was the primary reason behind their teaming up.
The title saw Bhupathi and Bopanna winning â¬142,500 and earning 1,000 ATP doubles team rankings points.
Qureshi and Rojer, who were playing their third ATP World Tour final together, received â¬69,780 and 600 points. Qureshi drops to 7-8 in title matches and Rojer to 7-9.
Source : indiatoday.in