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Ivan Dodig, left, and Rohan Bopanna celebrate advancing to the Montreal final on Saturday.


Indian/Croatian will face Frenchmen in final

Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig saved two match points on Saturday at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal to reach their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final as a team. The Indian/Croatian pairing hit 10 aces to advance 4-6, 7-6(8), 11-9 against South African Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram of the U.S.

Klaasen/Ram, who were looking to make their second Masters 1000 title match (Indian Wells), held match points at 7/6 and 8/7 in the second-set tie-break, but Bopanna/Dodig won the final three points to force the Match Tie-break.

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Bopanna/Dodig are playing together for only the second time. They reached the semi-finals of the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club in June. Dodig, partnering with Marcelo Melo, won the Rogers Cup doubles title last year.

In the Montreal final, Bopanna/Dodig will meet fifth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who beat eighth seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 7-5, 6-3 in the second doubles semi-final. Herbert/Mahut saved four of five break points to advance to their second Masters 1000 final of the season. They beat Dodig and Marcel Granollers for the Rome title in May.

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