Amidst the lows of being axed from India's Davis Cup team, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna put in a sterling performance to march into the final of the men's doubles Cincinnati tennis Masters.
The Indian pair had little problem in disposing of Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Brazil's Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-3 here Saturday.Bhupathi and Bopanna will have a chance to win their second ATP title of the year when they take on fourth seeded pair of Sweden's Robert Lindstedt and Romania's Horia Tecau, who beat second seeded American pair of Mike and Bob Bryan 7-5, 6-7(5), 10-2, in the finals of the $2,825,280 hard court event.
The sixth seeds had won the Dubai Open in February.
Earlier, India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek were knocked out in the second round.
Roger vs Novak final
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, the top two players in the world, set up a showdown for the Cincinnati Masters title after cruising to semi-final victories on Saturday.
The gap between the leading four, which also contains Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray, and the chasing pack was again evident as Djokovic beat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 6-2 before Federer saw off fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 6-3.
World number one Federer is chasing a fifth title in Cincinnati while Djokovic is hoping to claim his first at the Ohio venue.
The Serb has lost in the final three times including last year when he retired injured in the second set against Murray and in 2009 when he was beaten by Federer.