Australian Open 2011: Ace Indian pair Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are raced into Australian open finals. They are just a step away to win the title for the first time.

The seed 3 players Paes and Bhupati defeated the second-seeded pair of Daniel Nestor of Cananda and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 to make it to the final of the Australian Open.

Now the Indian duo will play top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States in the final, the Bryan brothers having got the better of the combination of Eric Butorac (US) and John-Julien Rojer (Curacao) 6-3, 6-2 in the first semi-final.

Neither Leander nor Mahesh have ever won the men’s doubles title at Australian open at Melbourne Park. The duo did reach the final in 1999 but lost it then.

It had taken them 140 minutes to win the semi-final. The Indian pair had played way below their best. However, they served a bit better than their opponents and won six more points.

In the end it was their experience that had helped them to stay on course for the lone major trophy missing from their cabinet.

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