Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles, seeded third, eased into the final with a 6-4, 6-2 semifinal win over fifth seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Andy Ram of Israel on Wednesday. Fourth seeds Paes and Czech Lukas Dlouhy upset top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan in the other semifinal.
It is the first time Paes and Bhupathi will be facing each other in the title clash of a Grand Slam and Paes felt the team that withstood the pressure and stayed clinical would end up winning.
“We have faced each other across the net enough times and there really is no room for anything other than professionalism out there. The team that stays clinical and executes its strategy best under pressure will prevail,” Paes said.
Talking about his high standard fitness level and performance even at the age of 36, Paes said, “For me the true greatness of a player lies in his longevity and I am glad that I have been playing at this level after over two decades of competitive tennis.” Paes had reached both mixed doubles and doubles finals last year as well. He won the mixed doubles that time, partnering Cara Black.
Meanwhile, India’s Yuki Bhambri stormed into the boys’ singles quarterfinals on Thursday, defeating local lad Jack Sock 6-4 6-3 in the third round.
India’s Sudanwa Sitaram and his Irish partner John Morrissey lost 4-6, 6-3, 4-10 to Hungarian Marton Fucsovics and Cheng Peng Hsieh of Chinese Taipei in the boys’ doubles event.
Paes-Black lose in mixed doubles
Defending champions Leander Paes and Cara Black lost 2-6, 4-6 to Carly Gullickson and Travis Parrott of the United States in the US Open mixed doubles final on Thursday.