Bopanna-Mergea enter final in Sydney

Sydney, Jan 15 (IANS) The Indo-Romanian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea fought well to enter the men’s doubles final of the $404,780 Sydney International on the hard courts of the NSW Tennis Centre here on Friday.

The fourth seeds took an hour and 23 minutes to beat unseeded Brazilian-Argentine pairing of Thomaz Bellucci and Leonardo Mayer 7-6(8), 6-4 on Court 9 to enter the summit clash where they will take on the British-Brazilian combination of Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares on Saturday.

Though both pairs got quite a few breakpoint chances in the first set but none were able to convert them, which meant the set went to the tie-break. The tie-breaker was tightly contested and eventually the fourth seeds prevailed 10-8.

Bellucci and Mayer got three more breakpoint chances in the second set, which they failed to convert again. In the end it was Bopanna and Mergea who broke their opponents just one time which was enough to seal the set and match in their favour.

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