Bhupathi-Bopanna clinch final berth

A smash at match point gave the Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna the eighth and final spot for the ATP World Tour Finale to be played at the O2 arena in London. The fifth seed Indians beat the Polish combination of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-7 (5) 6-3 10-4 in one hour and 26 minutes to reach the semifinals of the Paris Masters. The Indians did not face a break point during the match and converted one of their three chances.

The winner of this quarterfinal match would have clinched the last qualifying spot for the year-end tournament, that starts from November 5. Bopanna's former partner Pakistan's Aisam ul Haq Qureshi had already sealed a spot with his Dutch partner Jean Julien Rojer. Bopanna had made his debut last year at the London tournament with Qureshi whereas this will be Bhupathi's 12th appearance at the year-ending event.

Meanwhile, Janko Tipsarevic conceded his quarterfinal match because of an illness against giantkiller Jerzy Janowicz when he was down 3-6 6-1 4-1. Frenchman Gilles Simon made his first Masters semifinal with a 6-4 6-4 win over Czech Tomas Berdych.

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