Third seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes staged a brilliant comeback to shock top seeds and defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan and reach the final of the Western and Southern Open here.
The Indian Express was down by a set and break in the second set but went on to record a 1-6 7-6(2) 10-7 win in the semi-finals.
This was Paes and Bhupathi’s first win in three meetings against the Bryan brothers this season, after falling to the world number one pair in the Australian Open and AEGON Championships finals.
Paes and Bhupathi will take on Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic in the summit clash as they gun for their third title of the season. The fourth seeds battled past Juan Sebastian Cabal and Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-3, 10-4. Paes and Bhupathi had won the titles at Sony Ericsson Open and Chennai Open earliert this year.
The Indians won here in 2001.
Djokovic vs Murray
World No 1 Novak Djokovic looks to make it an unprecedented six out of six in Masters series titles when he takes on Britain’s Andy Murray in the final of the Cincinnati Open but both players say their bodies are feeling the strain.
Djokovic, who has a 57-1 record this season, has already claimed nine tournaments. He booked his final berth with a victory over the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych, when his opponent had to retire with a shoulder injury. Murray beat American Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6 (10/8).
Maria Sharapova will face Jelena Jankovic in the Cincinnati Open final. Sharapova recovered from a poor start to beat fellow Russian and world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach her fourth final this season while Jankovic beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 7-6, 6-1.
Sania Mirza needs a super performance if she has to bring her singles campaign back on track as she has drawn world number 22 German Sabine Lisicki as her first round opponent in the Texas Tennis Open in Dallas.
Sania and Lisicki are one-one this season in head-to-head record with the Indian emerging winner at Charleston and the German at Auckland.