Bopanna-Qureshi enter US Open semis

The fifth-seeded Indo-Pak pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi entered the semi-finals of the doubles at the US Open on Friday.

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The duo defeated the British pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins in a gruelling three-setter

At the end of 135-minute battle, the Indo-Pak Express prevailed with the scoreline reading 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 in their favour. The duo will now take on the Polish pair of Marcin Matkowski and Maruisz Fyrstenberg, who defeated Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi on Thursday.

It has been second year in the running the Bopanna-Qureshi duo has done well at Flushing Meadows, having reached the final in the last edition, eventually losing to the Bryan brothers.

It was indeed a tough fight for the Indo-Pak duo, but their winning percentage of 85 percent on first serves proved to be decisive.

Although the winners made more unforced errors, they also ensured that on half a dozen occasions, they were on the verge of breaking the British pair. But they were only successful on three occasions while the British pair only got four shots and converted three of them. Two of the breaks they got were in the second set when Bopanna and Qureshi looked out of sorts.

The other semi-final will feature Austrian-German pair of Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner, who will meet the Italian pair of Simon Bollei and Fabio Fongini.

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