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Bopanna-Qureshi book a berth in ATP World Tour Finals

November 07, 2011 16:41 IST

The Indo-Pakistan tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has booked a berth in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals to be held from November 20 to 27 at London's O2 arena.

The "Indo-Pak Express", who have got a bye in the opening round of the ongoing BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, will be making their team debut at the season finale, which will feature the top eight doubles teams.

Bopanna and Qureshi have been rewarded for their consistent show this year. They pocketed two ATP Tour Titles -- at the Gerry Weber Open and the Stockholm Open -- and made the quarter-finals and semifinals of more than five ATP 1000 Masters events.

The US Open semi-finalists, ranked seventh in the world, became the seventh team to join the elite list, which will battle it out at the Tour Finals.

"This has been a great year for us, and we are very excited to be playing against the best of the world. All our hard work has paid off and we are glad we met the goal we had set for ourselves earlier this year," Bopanna said.

"This would not have been possible without the help and guidance of Shayamal Vallabhjee, Robert Davies and the rest of our team," he added.

Echoing similar sentiments, Qureshi said, "We had a great 2011 and we thank all our fans for their constant love and support that has helped us reach these heights.

"We are looking forward to playing against the best in London. Doing well there would be a great way for us to finish an amazing season."

The 2010 US Open finalists have come a long way this year, from being the reserve team in the battle for London last year to getting a shot at the title this year.

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