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Knowles & Bhupathi lead 2-0 in Group B.

Third seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles edged a tight encounter with Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Tuesday afternoon at The O2.

Having also defeated Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak in their first match Sunday, they now top Group B with a 2-0 match record. The top two teams from Groups A and B advance to the semi-finals on Saturday.

“We’re excited, very excited,” said Knowles. “Especially because they were playing extremely well. They were serving at an incredible rate; very hard, but also high percentage. They were playing really, really well there in the first set. We just kind of rode them out, got a couple looks at a second serve in the second set, and were able to return well and turn the match around. We played really solid at the end and kind of raised our level.


2009 Rogers Cup Doubles Champions!


Third seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles claimed their team’s fourth title – also their first at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament – with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 7 seeds over Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram on Sunday at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

The Indian-Bahamian duo had earned their place in the final by ousting defending champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the semi-finals, while Mirnyi and Ram had upset two-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan on Saturday.

Bhupathi, the Open Era doubles title leader at the Rogers Cup, collected his fifth Canadian title with a fourth different partner. The 35 year old also lifted the doubles trophy in 1997 (w/Paes), 2003 (w/Mirnyi), 2004 (w/Paes) and 2007 (w/Vizner). He said afterwards: “I was joking with my coach that now I should probably buy a flat here since it is my fifth title in Canada!”

Meanwhile, the 37-year-old Knowles returned to the winner’s circle in Canada for the first time since capturing his maiden ATP World Tour title on his tournament debut 16 years ago (w/Courier). He had also finished runner-up in 1996 and 2002 with long-time partner Nestor.


Men’s Doubles final set…….go knowlee!


Second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan will contest their fifth straight Australian Open final against third seeds Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi, who will be appearing in their first Grand Slam championship title-match, on Saturday.

The Bryan twins defeated fourth seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes 6-3, 6-3 in 54 minutes on the Hisense Arena, in what was a repeat of the 2008 US Open final. Dlouhy and Paes committed nine unforced errors, as the Bryans converted five of eight break point opportunities.

The 30-year-old Californians finished runner-up in 2004 (l. to Llodra-Santoro) and 2005 (l. to Black-Ullyett) and won back-to-back titles in 2006 (d. Damm-Paes) and 2007 (d. Bjorkman-Mirnyi).

They are currently fourth in the all-time doubles Grand Slam title leaders of the Open Era behind Australians John Newcombe and Tony Roche (7), Americans Peter Fleming and John McEnroe (7) and Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde (11). 

The Bryans opened their 2009 ATP World Tour season by capturing their 50th ATP World Tour title at the Medibank International in Sydney (d. Nestor-Zimonjic). They are only the fourth team in the Open Era to win at least 50 titles, joining Woodbridge-Woodforde (61), Fleming-McEnroe (57), and Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan (57).

Knowles and Bhupathi earned a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win against the unseeded Polish-Austrian duo of Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. They raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set, and then capitalised on three of their four break point chances in the second set to secure the victory in 58 minutes.

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