Bhupathi-Bopanna knock out top seeds to make semisMay 19th, 2012 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, May 19 (IANS) The Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna knocked off top-seeded Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 7-5 in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia tennis meet to move into the semi-finals.
The pair from India won 79 per cent of their service points, and converted a break of serve in each set to wrap up their quarterfinal tie in 70 minutes Friday.
Bhupathi and Bopanna, coming off a semi-final showing at the Mutua Madrid Open last week, are aiming to win their second title of the season after triumphing at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
In the semi-finals, Bhupathi and Bopanna will play Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. The Spanish duo upset third seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-2, capitalising on four of seven break point opportunities to advance in 72 minutes.
Lukasz Kubot and Janko Tipsarevic moved through to the final four, handing Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan their second straight quarter-final defeat at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Kubot and Tipsarevic, teaming up for the second time this season, won 79 per cent of their first serve points to beat the two-time champions in 72 minutes. The Polish-Serbian tandem will look to reach their first final together when they take on fourth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau, who avenged their Madrid final defeat to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski with a 6-2, 1-6, 12-10 win.
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- Bhupathi-Bopanna reach semis at Miami - Mar 28, 2012
- Bhupathi-Bopanna reach quarters of Dubai Open - Mar 01, 2012
- Bhupathi-Bopanna in quarters of Internazionali BNL D'Italia - May 18, 2012
- Bopanna-Bhupathi, Paes-Stepanek out of Madrid Open - May 13, 2012
- Bhupathi-Bopanna in Cincinnati tennis quarters - Aug 17, 2012
- Paes-Stepanek storm into final of Australian Open - Jan 26, 2012
- Bhupathi-Bopanna in Cincinnati final - Aug 19, 2012
- Bhupathi-Bopanna crash out of Aegon Championships - Jun 16, 2012
- Paes-Bhupathi in semis; Bopanna-Qureshi ousted in Miami - Mar 31, 2011
- French Open: Paes-Vesnina beat top seeds to enter semis - Jun 06, 2012
- Paes-Bhupathi advance to semis, Bopanna-Qureshi out - Aug 20, 2011
- Bhupathi-Mirnyi advance, Bopanna-Qureshi lose in Valencia - Nov 06, 2010
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