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Fantastic Fours Set in Chennai and Brisbane

January 5, 2012

Last post, I wrote about Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram making the semifinals in Chennai. They’ve just been joined by the other three seeded teams: number one Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna, number two Scott Lipsky/Rajeev Ram and number three Leander Paes/Janko Tipsarevic.

That’s about as good a final four as you can get!

Bhupathi and Bopanna will take on Erlich and Ram, while the other two pairings will square off. In the Bhupathi/Bopanna-Erlich/Ram match, both of those teams will have a lot to prove. For the Indian pair, it will be a good gauge of where this new partnership will be going and for the Israelis, they’ll be out to show they’re back among the game’s elite.

I like the Rajeev and Lipsky pairing, and they’ve had success the past couple of seasons when they’ve played together—winning three titles over that time. I think Lispsky and Ram should be able to top Paes and Tipsy, having had more experience playing together and all, but it’s hard to find two more talented shotmakers than the Indian-Serb combo.

Over in Brisbane, Australia, three of the top four seeds—Daniel Nestor/Max Mirnyi, Jurgen Melzer/Philipp Petzschner and Robert Lindstedt/Horia Tecau—have all reached the semis. Those three are all established pairs and were just in action at the World Tour Finals a few weeks ago. The only interloping team in the final four is the pairing of veterans Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Michael Mertinak, both who know a thing or two about winning titles. Nestor and Mirnyi face Lindstedt and Tecau in one semi, and that one could be a really close one. Nestor and Mirnyi, WTF champs, are on such a good run right now, it’s hard to imagine anyone stopping them, including the squads on the other side of the draw.

(Photo: Times of India)

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