Bhupathi-Mirnyi win

Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner Max Mirnyi after winning the Paris Masters on Sunday. AFP

Bhupathi and his Belarussian team-mate won 7-5, 7-5 over the Israeli-Bahamas pair.

Monfils ousts Federer

Meanwhile, in the singles section, Roger Federer failed to break his Paris Masters jinx when he fluffed five match points in a 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 semifinal defeat by local favourite Gael Monfils on Saturday. The 12th-seeded Monfils will meet Robin Soderling in Sunday's final after the Swede saved three match points before ending Frenchman Michael Llodra's brilliant run with a 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 win.

Federer had five match points at 6-5 up in the final set but Monfils saved them to force a tiebreak, which he won 7-4.

While the 16-times Grand Slam champion will have to wait at least another 12 months to land a maiden Paris Masters title, Monfils will contest his second successive final here.

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