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    Default Shanghai Masters: Paes-Stepanek Wins

    Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna may meet Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in the summit clash of the Shanghai Masters after reaching the semifinals of the elite ATP tournament on Friday.



    Bhupathi and Bopanna, seeded seventh, shocked second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nesto 7-6(7), 6-4 in one hour 23 minutes in the quarter-finals of the USD 3,531,600 hard court event.

    Later in the day, fourth seeded Paes and Stepanek got the better of unseeded combo of Canadian Milos Raonic and Austrian Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-7 (4), 10-5 in one hour and 36 minutes contest.

    Bhupathi and Bopanna next face unseeded British pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins.
    Saving five breakpoints, including four in the opening set, proved vital in Bhupathi and Bopanna's win.
    Paes and Stepanek will take on the winner of the other quarterfinal between the pairs of Eric Butorac and Philipp Petzschner and Marin Cilic and Marcelo Melo.



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    Default Bhupathi-Bopanna to face Paes-Stepanek in Shanghai final

    Indian duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna has set up a summit clash with Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek after both the pairs won their respective semifinal matches in the Shanghai Masters here today.

    The seventh seeded Indian combo reached its second ATP World Tour Masters final of the season after beating British pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 6-7 (4) 6-3 10-8 in an hour and 36 minutes.

    While the fourth seeded Indo-Czech duo outplayed Marin Cilic of Croatia and Brazil`s Marcelo Melo 6-0 6-2 in just 57 minutes.




    In a hard-fought battle, Bhupathi and Bopanna came from a set down to make it to the final. The Indian pair could convert only one out of the six breakpoints opportunities to pocket the match.

    Currently eighth in the ATP doubles team rankings race to London, Bhupathi and Bopanna are bidding to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by winning their second ATP World Tour title of the season, after victory at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.







    Meanwhile Paes and Stepanek had an easy outing as they converted six of the seven breakpoints they got, while saving three out of four to walk away with the match.
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    Default Paes-Stepanek defeat Bhupathi-Bopanna to win doubles title at Shanghai Masters

    Leander Paes of India and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek beat India`s Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna for the doubles tennis title at the Shanghai Masters Sunday.

    The fourth seeds claimed a 6-7(7-9), 6-3, 10-5 comeback victory over the Indian duo, seeded seventh.

    The Indian/Czech tandem saved four of the five break points they faced and broke their opponents twice to claim victory in one hour and 36 minutes. Paes and Stepanek won 50 percent of points on Bhupathi/Bopanna`s second serve and won 70 percent of their own service points.

    "Today was a bit more of a personal match for us three Indians," Paes was quoted as saying by ATP website.

    "Radek came in and he made it fun for me. He relaxed, laughed, joked. Said, `stay smooth, relaxed and have a hungry intensity`."

    Paes and Stepanek, who have already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, earned 1000 ATP World Tour ranking points and $207,320. Four spots remain at the year-end championships, with Bhupathi and Bopanna bolstering their claim by receiving 600 ranking points.

    "We`ve had a great year," said Paes. "It started off with a big bang. To do well early in a partnership is something that can happen. But to continue playing well right through the whole year shows the quality of tennis that we play."
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