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Bhupathi-Knowles in Miami finals

sports Updated: Apr 04, 2008 10:19 IST

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Fourth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles saved three match points en route to a thrilling win over Martin Damm and Pavel Vizner that has set them up against top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the finals of the USD 3,77,0000 Sony Ericsson Open here.

Bhupathi and Knowles beat their sixth seeded Czech rivals 7-6(5) 4-6 11-9 to secure their fourth consecutive match tie-break victory.

The Indo-Bahamas pair saved three match points in the match tie-break.

The fourth seeds trailed 6-9 before reeling off five straight points to win the one hour and 50 minute battle.

They will face off against defending champions Bryan brothers after the Americans eased into their third straight Miami final with a 6-1 6-4 win over unseeded South Africans Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie.

In a nerve wracking contest, both teams exchanged breaks in the opening set before Bhupathi and Knowles won the tie-break 7-5.

Damm and Vizner came back strongly in the second set and broke for a 4-2 lead but lost serve in the ninth game when Damm was broken.