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Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi entered the Sony Ericsson Open men's doubles final with a straight-set win, setting up an exciting clash with Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy on Sunday.sports Updated: Apr 03, 2010 23:51 IST
Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi entered the Sony Ericsson Open men's doubles final with a straight-set win, setting up an exciting clash with Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy on Sunday.
Fourth seeds Bhupathi and Belarussian Mirnyi defeated eighth seeds Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-6 (4), 6-4. Bhupathi-Mirnyi broke their rivals twice in the one-hour, 20-minute encounter.
It's been a dramatic turnaround for the Indo-Belarussian duo, which had a 1-4 record for 2010 coming into the tournament. They had reunited in January after a successful partnership between 2002 and 2004. The 2002 US Open champions are bidding for their seventh title together and their fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy.
Bhupathy-Mirnyi will take on number three seeds Paes, Bhupathi's former long-time doubles partner, and Czech Dlouhy who won their semifinal on Thursday over Spaniards Nicolas Almagro and Tommy Robredo.
It will be the first meeting between the two teams, with the champion duo set to share $198,400.
Meanwhile, Andy Roddick's decision to take some risks paid off Friday as the American rallied to beat Spain's Rafael Nadal and book a clash with giant-killing Tomas Berdych in the final.
First Published: Apr 03, 2010 23:49 IST