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Mahesh-Max avenges defeat
- Montreal masters - Of the Indian’s 29 doubles crowns, 4 have come with the Belarussian

Calcutta: Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi avenged their Wimbledon final defeat en route to the Montreal Masters Series crown.

According to information received here, the top seeds overcame No. 4 pair Jonas Bjorkman (Sweden) and Todd Woodbridge (Australia) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in Sunday’s final.

Bhupathi and Mirnyi had lost the Wimbledon final to this experienced pair in four sets last month.

This is Bhupathi’s 29th career doubles title — 22 of which have come with Paes, four with Mirnyi and one each with Jan-Michael Gambill, Mike Bryan and Andrew Kratzmann.

The seven-time Indian Grand Slam winner was playing his 50th men’s doubles final.

With Mirnyi, Bhupathi was in his 11th title-round match, and the two of them were looking to improve their below-par record in finals. Last year, they had won the US Open but lost the other four finals.

In 2003, Bhupathi and Mirnyi had back-to-back triumphs in Estoril and Monte Carlo but subsequently faltered in the Hamburg, Queen’s Club and Wimbledon finals.

With 100 points in their kitty, Bhupathi and Mirnyi (598) stayed at number three in the ATP Doubles Race but narrowed the gap with the second-placed team of Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor. They have 640 points.

American twins Bob and Mike Bryan lead the standings with 692 points, while Leander Paes and David Rikl continue to be at No. 4 with 522.

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