Zimonjic and Lindstedt failed in their second title quest

Bhupathi and Llodra defeated third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Nenad Zimonjic 7-6(6), 7-6(6) in Saturday’s evening final at the Dubai Tennis Stadium.

Lindstedt saved two break points in the opening game, as Bhupathi hit the feet of the net-rushing Swede on return. In the fourth game, Bhupathi lost his serve on a sudden death deuce when Zimonjic returned low.

Lindstedt served for the set at 5-3, but fell to 15/40 mainly due to first volley errors. But the 35 year old bounced back with well-placed serves. On sudden death deuce, Llodra celebrated the break after firing a winning forehand return to Lindstedt’s feet.

In the tie-break, Lindstedt and Zimonjic took a 6-3 http://www.phpaide.com/download.php?langue=fr&id=12 lead but three set point opportunities went begging. Bhupathi played a clever crosscourt backhand that left Zimonjic stranded at 6-6 and then Llodra struck a smash winner to conclude a dramatic 47-minute set.

In the second set, Bhupathi saved two break points in the third game. Lindstedt and Zimonjic began to rush, causing errors close to the net, but they remained in touch. At 2-3, Lindstedt saved a break point at 30/40 with an ace and powerful serve on sudden death deuce. It gave the team confidence.

Bhupathi and Llodra recovered from a 1-3 deficit in the tie-break by winning five straight points. But Lindstedt earned a set point with an ace at 5-5. Zimonjic hit a forehand return into the net. Bhupathi and Llodra took a 7-6 lead. On their first championship point, Llodra hit a powerful crosscourt return, which left Zimonjic scrambling. The Serbian’s response that went straight to Bhupathi at the net, left Lindstedt stranded.

Lindstedt and Zimonjic shared $57,300 in prize money and 300 points.