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    Default Rohan Bopanna to pair up with Rajeev Ram in 2013

    India`s Rohan Bopanna has announced his partnership with American Rajeev Ram for the 2013 ATP season.

    His current partner Mahesh Bhupathi will team up with Canadian Daniel Nestor.

    Bhupathi-Bopanna ended 2012 with a runners-up finish at the World Tour Finals in London Monday on top of titles earlier in Dubai and Paris.

    Bopanna is excited about his new pairing with the world no. 44 Ram.

    "I played with Mahesh in 2012 with a special focus on preparing for the London Olympics and now that it`s over, I want to concentrate on the ATP circuit and am eager to build a strong, sustainable partnership.”

    "Rajeev is a great player, and given our individual strengths, and his command of the deuce court, I believe that we can complement each other very well on the court," said Bopanna.

    Twenty eight-year-old Ram, with his booming serve and solid groundstrokes, has maintained a fine balance between the singles and doubles circuits, choosing to spend the last few years limiting his single appearances and concentrating on his doubles game.

    Partnering Scott Lipsky over the last couple of years, Ram has won titles at Delray Beach and San Jose in 2011 and has won the St. Petersburg Open in September of 2012 while partnering Nenad Zimonjic.

    Looking forward to the new partnership, Rajeev said: "I am very excited to play with Rohan in 2013. He is not only one of the best doubles players in the world but also a good friend."

    The duo had earlier made an appearance as a team at the Australian Open in 2008, where as an unseeded combination they proceeded to the pre-quarters defeating higher ranked teams along the way. With a total of 14 ATP doubles titles between them, Rohan and Rajeev are looking to recapture the magic in 2013.

    Given the highly competitive nature of the ATP circuit, Rajeev was also cautious of looking too far ahead.

    "Looking at the first month of the year, there are two big events in Chennai and the Australian Open so there is no need to look any further than that," he said.

    "We haven`t played together since 2008 so it has been a while. I just hope to continuously improve so that we can reach our full potential," he added.

    Bhupathi had announced his next year plans with Nestor. He is likely to retire at the end of 2013.
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    Default Mahesh Bhupathi-Rohan Bopanna split after ending runners-up at ATP World Tour finale

    History slipped out of the hands of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna as the Indian pair lost the summit clash of the ATP World Tour finale to Spanish pair of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, on Monday.

    The fifth seed Indian pair, making its debut as a pair at the elite event, lost the title clash 5-7 6-3 3-10 to the sixth seeded combine in one hour and 30 minutes.

    No Indian pair has ever won the year-end finale although Leander Paes and Bhupathi reached the finals thrice together.

    Now it's the fifth time that Bhupathi has ended runners-up at the event, where world's top-8 teams compete for the championship. With Paes he ended runner-up in 1997, 1999 and 2000 and with Max Mirnyi in 2010.

    Bhupathi and Bopanna had beaten Paes and his Czech partner in the semifinals.

    They end the 2012 season and their partnership with two titles -- Dubai and the Paris Masters.

    It was the fifth time 38-year-old Bhupathi had lost in the final. But the duo, who won the Paris Masters earlier this month, won't be able to have another run at the title next year after Bopanna confirmed they have decided to split.

    Bopanna, 32, will play with American Rajeev Ram, while Bhupathi will partner Daniel Nestor in the next season.

    Asked if they would continue playing together next season, Bopanna said: "No. We're playing with different partners for the next season.

    "I'm playing with Rajeev Ram next year. He comes to the tournament in Chennai every year. Just maybe a few days before Chennai we're going to start.

    "Tennis wise, we've had a great two weeks and can't complain about that.

    "I'm happy to take all the positives from the tennis tour and now look forward to the new partnership coming up."

    Bhupathi added: "Rohan is getting married in 10 days. Till then it's only drinking and eating. I don't know about our respective partners but I start (2013) in Chennai.

    "There were times in the year where, you know, the pundits of Indian tennis threw us under the bus, said that we're not good enough, said that these guys are jokers.

    "But we believed in ourselves. We've beaten all the top teams there are to beat. We came through with flying colors, which I think is credit to us at the end of the day."

    Granollers and Lopez became the second Spanish team to win the season-ending championships. The only other Spanish duo to win the championship are Juan Gisbert Sr and Manuel Orantes in 1975 at Stockholm.

    The Spaniards took a 2-1 lead in the first set, after Granollers hit three successive forehands at Bopanna, who hit a backhand volley into the net on the deciding point.

    However, Lopez was broken in the next game. At 5-5, Bhupathi mis-placed two serves to fall to 0/30. The 38-year-old Bhupathi made two further backhand volley errors, off Granollers forehands.

    Serving for the set, Lopez faced sudden death deuce and break point, but Granollers intercepted a backhand volley to clinch the first set in 43 minutes.

    Midway through the second set, at 3-4, the Indians set up two break point chances at 30/40. Lopez centred play on Bhupathi, less flashier and powerful than Bopanna, to recoup one points, but on the deciding point Granollers committed a forehand error.

    Bopanna then closed out to 30 with the team's fifth ace of the set, which lasted 35 minutes.

    Clever inter-play and defence by Granollers and Lopez gave them a 4-0 lead in the Match tie-break, in which Bhupathi and Bopanna could nor put away their volleys.

    Soon the Spanish team was leading 9-3 and with Lopez serving for the match, Bhupathi hit a forehand volley long.
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    Default Masterful Novak Djokovic sinks Roger Federer to win Tour Finals

    Novak Djokovic produced a masterful display to end Roger Federer's reign as ATP Tour Finals champion as the world number one swept to a 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 victory in the final on Monday.

    Djokovic underlined why he will finish as the world's top ranked player for the second successive year as the Serb withstood an early barrage from Federer in both sets before overwhelming the six-time Tour Finals winner in an epic encounter lasting two hours and 14 minutes at London's O2 Arena.

    The 25-year-old's brilliant display clinched his second triumph at the prestigious season-ending event and his first since 2008 when he won the title in Shanghai.

    After winning the Australian Open in January and then falling short in the following three Grand Slams -- he lost in the finals of the French and US Opens -- this was the perfect way to end any debate about Djokovic's right to be regarded as the world's best.

    "It's always a privilege and a challenge to play Roger," Djokovic said. "I want to thank my team, I couldn't have done it without you. I love you!"

    For Federer, bidding for a hat-trick of Tour Finals titles, there was only frustration as he failed to take advantage of some dominant spells.

    The 17-time Grand Slam champion is the most successful player in the history of the event, having won more titles and recorded more match wins than anyone else.

    But even he couldn't subdue the rampant Djokovic, who handed Federer just his second defeat in eight appearances in the final of the Tour Finals and only his third ever loss at the O2 Arena.

    "Congratulations to Novak on an amazing tournament and an amazing year, You are the best. It has been an amazing year for me too," Federer said.

    For just the fourth time in the 43-year history of the Tour Finals, the top two in the world rankings were meeting in the final and they produced an enthralling clash that lived up to its billing.

    Federer fizzed winners past Djokovic from all angles to take the first nine points of the match, breaking in the second game in the process.

    After absorbing that frenzied assault, Djokovic got on the scoreboard when he held serve in the fourth game.

    Federer must have known Djokovic wouldn't surrender and the Serb turned the match on its head when he converted a break point in the next game.

    Now Djokovic was in the ascendancy and he broke for a 5-4 lead when he unloaded a searing forehand winner on the run.

    But Federer staved off a set point in the next game and took advantage of that escape to break back for 5-5.

    Djokovic needed treatment after cutting his elbow while diving in vain to reach a Federer shot, but he regained his composure well enough to force a tie-break.

    The breaker included a candidate for the best point of the year as Djokovic, on set point, lunged to clip a diving Federer volley past his opponent, only for the Swiss to contort his body and fire a forehand winner past the Serb from an impossibly acute angle.

    But not even that could subdue Djokovic, who broke on the next point thanks to a Federer mistake before blazing a forehand winner to seal a quite brilliant set on his third set point.

    Federer needed an immediate response and he delivered in the opening game of the second set with a break at the fourth attempt.

    There was no let-up from Djokovic though. He kept grinding away and eventually wore Federer down, saving two set points before breaking back to level at 5-5.

    Djokovic celebrated by thumping his chest and letting out a defiant roar.

    The message was clear. He was coming for Federer and he delivered the knockout blow with a sublime backhand winner to seal the victory on his first match point.
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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