Bopanna-Qureshi in final

Bopanna-Qureshi in final

The seventh seed Indo-Pak pair eked out a 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) victory in the semifinals over the third-seeded Belarusian-Candian combination.

On Friday, they had shocked second-seeded Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

In the men’s singles competition, Roger Federer of old let his class do the talking in a 6-4, 6-3 dismissal of Czech Tomas Berdych to reach his maiden Paris final.

The Swiss third seed, looking to become only the second player after Andre Agassi to win titles at Roland Garros and Bercy, dropped only 10 points on serve as he set up a meeting with either local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or American John Isner.

Former world number one Federer, who for the first time since 2002 has spent a season without claiming a Grand Slam title, was in another league throughout the contest against the fifth seed.  Asked if he was playing the best tennis of his career at Bercy, Federer joked: “Yes, I think.

“Let’s say it: Yes, I do. It doesn't make any difference, but I think I'm more consistent now. I'm able to play several matches in a row, which I had a problem with before," added the Swiss.

Federer, who became the first player to reach the final of all nine Masters tournaments, got off to a brilliant start by breaking Berdych's serve to open a 2-0 lead. Sprinkling the court with winners, the Swiss kept the aggressive Czech at bay and bagged the opening set with yet another scorching forehand. He broke again in the first game of the second set and never looked back during an 80-minute display of brilliance.
Berdych struggled to cope with Federer's array of shots and failed to earn a break point throughout the contest.