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Since 1st March, 1999
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25th title for Mahesh

Calcutta: Mahesh Bhupathi notched up title No. 25 when he and American Mike Bryan won the TD Waterhouse Cup doubles final at Long Island Sunday.

According to information received here, top seeds Bhupathi and Bryan saw off Petr Pala and Pavel Vizner 6-3, 6-4 Sunday. The Czech duo had made the 2001 French Open final before losing to Bhupathi and Leander Paes.

Earlier Sunday, Bhupathi and Bryan — teaming up for the first time —completed their unfinished semi-final against Jim Thomas (US) and Marius Barnard (South Africa). Trailing by a set when play was suspended Saturday, the Indo-American pair came back strongly to triumph 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Paes and Tomas Cibulec, the third seeds, had bowed to Americans Jan Michael Gambill and Grayson Oliver in the first round earlier in the week.

Bhupathi moved up to No. 8 in the individual doubles rankings list. Paes, who has failed to find a stable partner, languishes at No. 22.

Having lost three previous finals with regular partner Max Mirnyi, the Long Island success came as a welcome boost for Bhupathi ahead of the US Open. Bhupathi and Mirnyi are one of the strong contenders for the year’s final Grand Slam crown.

This was only the third time that Bhupathi won a championship without Paes. The earlier two came in 2000 (St Poelten) with Aussie Mark Kratzmann and earlier this year (Hamburg Masters Series) with Gambill.

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