Bhupathi-Bopanna enter summit clash of World Tour finale
Serving for the set at 5-4, Stepanek hit an unreturned serve to seal the 36-minute opener.
Bhupathi and Bopanna put Paes under pressure in the third game of the second set. Paes saved two breakpoints when down at 0/40 but hit a backhand volley into the net to gift his fellow Indians a 3-1 lead.
Bhupathi and Bopanna extended their lead to 5-1 after two terrific returns in Stepanek¿s service game. Bhupathi closed out the 25-minute set with a hold to 15.
The Match tie-breaker was a tight affair with the two teams locked at 3-3 and then 8-8. Stepanek served out wide to Bopanna, who lobbed too short to give Paes a smash winner.
Bhupathi saved one match point with a backhand volley and at 9-9, on Bopanna¿s serve and hit another volley winner down the middle.
Paes saved the match point with a forehand volley winner, but Stepanek volleyed a backhand into the net at 10-10.
Bhupathi, serving on his team¿s second match point, serving down the middle, Stepanek returned to Bopanna, who struck a high forehand volley for a winner and it ended a 85 minutes.
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