Bhupathi-Knowles pair clinches Swiss Indoors Championship
Mahesh Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles clinched their third ATP title together this season, winning the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Championship with a straight-set triumph in the final in Basel.sports Updated: Oct 27, 2008 16:11 IST
Mahesh Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles clinched their third ATP title together this season, winning the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Championship with a straight-set triumph in the final in Basel.
Bhupathi and Knowles defeated Germans Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-3 in a 61-minute final on Sunday. For the 34-year-old Indian, the title was his 44th overall.
"We really wanted to win this one. I'm glad we were able to do it as we have been playing well all week. We have two big tournaments at Paris and Shanghai left, so hopefully we'll continue the form right through to the end of the year," said Bhupathi.
Knowles, meanwhile, became the 21st player in ATP history (since 1973) to capture 50 career doubles titles.
"I'm elated. It's a big number and I'd be a liar if I said I hadn't been thinking about it, as I've lost in a couple of finals lately. I'm really happy to win my 50th title and get past the milestone," the 36-year-old Knowles said.
Bhupathi, who reached the 2001 final with compatriot Leander Paes, and Knowles have amassed a 36-16 season record so far.
The pair had earlier clinched back-to-back silverware at Memphis and Dubai. Last week, the duo finished runners-up at ATP Masters Series Madrid. They now have a 3-6 record in ATP finals this year.
The Indo-Bahamian team has already qualified for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai and is currently number three in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race.
Bhupathi and Knowles split 46,500 euros in prize money, while Kas and Kohlschreiber divided 27,300 euros.