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Updated: October 15, 2011 23:36 IST

Paes & Bhupathi bow out in the semifinals

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RELIEF AND JOY! David Ferrer’s grit and determination paid off as he came from a set down to beat Feliciano Lopez.
RELIEF AND JOY! David Ferrer’s grit and determination paid off as he came from a set down to beat Feliciano Lopez.

Fourth seeds Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi lost in straight sets to second seeds Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi to bow out of the ATP Shanghai Masters, here on Saturday.

The ‘Indian Express' fought back in the second set before going down 6-1, 6-4 in just 52 minutes to the Canadian-Belarussian combination.

Paes and Bhupathi could not convert any of the two break chances they got in the opening set and dropped their serve twice to concede the lead.

The Indians fought hard in the second set and saved six breakpoints but one break of serve was enough for their opponents to clinch the issue.

Meanwhile, Bhupathi and Paes have become the fifth team to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals by virtue of their semifinal appearance.

They have joined Bob and Mike Bryan, Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic, Mirnyi and Nestor and Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner for the finale to be held in London from November 20-27. Three spots remain to be claimed.

The ‘Indian Express' will make their sixth team appearance at the year-end championships and their first since 2002 after re-uniting as full-time partners this season.

Ferrer in final

David Ferrer battled back from a set down to beat Feliciano Lopez 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3 in an all-Spanish semifinal clash in the singles.

The Spaniard will join Andy Murray in the final after the Scot crushed Japan's Kei Nishikori.

The British second seed and defending champion was overwhelming favourite going into the clash against the 47th-ranked Nishikori and showed his superior class, coasting to a 6-3, 6-0 win.

The results:

Semifinals: David Ferrer bt Feliciano Lopez 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3; Andy Murray bt Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles: Daniel Nestor & Max Mirnyi bt Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupathi 6-1, 6-4.

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