Cincinnati, (USA): Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have earned a chance to win their second title of the season by reaching the summit clash of the ATP Cincinnati Masters with a straight sets win over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo.
The sixth seed Indian pair recorded a 6-4 6-3 win over their rivals in the semi-finals of the USD 2,825,280 hard court event.
They will now fight it out with fourth seeded pair of Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt and Romania’s Horia Tecau, who shocked second seed American’s Mike and Bob Bryan 7-5, 6- (5), 10-2.
India’s Leander Paes and Czech Radek Stepanek had bowed out in the second round.
Bhupathi and Bopanna, who have been dumped from India’s Davis Cup team, had won a title in Dubai event in February.
It is only the second time this season that they have reached the final of an ATP event.