Bhupathi-Knowles crashes out of ATP Cincinnati Masters

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Cincinnati, Aug 3 (UNI) Mahesh Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles crashed out of the ATP Cincinnati Masters here with a painful three-set defeat at the hands of top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the semifinals.

The fourth seeded pair of Bhupathi-Knowles went down 4-6 7-6 (7) 10-8 to the American brothers, who booked their third successive final berth in the 2,615,000 dollar event.

In a stunning reversal of fortunes, the Bryans, who were on the brink of elimination as Knowles served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, staged a brilliant comeback.

In contrast, Indo-Bahamain messed it up after starting confidently. The fourth seeds had a match point at 6-5 in the second set tie-break before Bob fired a 135 mph service winner.

The Bryans won four of the last five points to level the match at one set all.

In the super tie-break, the Bryans reeled off six straight points to take a 6-1 advantage. Mike Bryan hit a cross-court forehand winner to give the Americans a 3-1 lead and at the end of the point he crashed into a court-side water cooler.

Ice and water poured out near the Bryans' chairs, causing a short delay. After the break, the Americans won the next point on Knowles' serve to take control.

Bhupathi and Knowles trailed 9-6 before holding their two serves.

Bob Bryan hit a 138 mph serve and the return went to Mike Bryan, who ended the match with a cross-court forehand volley winner.


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