October 2008

October 2008
 
October 29th, 2008World #1 Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco defeated Mark and Mahesh 6-4, 6-2 in the 2nd round of the BNP Paris Masters. It was a tough match and Monaco/Nadal did well on their service games. Mark will now head back home for a few days of rest, and then will fly to Shanghai to prepare for the Masters Cup.
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October 26th, 2008Give it up for Mr. Knowles. He earned his 50th career title today, joining elite company, as he and Mahesh put away Kas/Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3 to win the titel in Basel! The victory marks the 3rd on the season for Mark and Mahesh. The two did well capitalizing on break points, winning 3/4 of them, while only facing one on their serve, which they didn’t drop.

They’ll move on to play the Paris Masters, the last event before the year end Masters Cup. A tricky 2nd round match looms, as they will either play the wildcard tandem of Mahut/Mathieu, or Monaco/Nadal. To see the full draw, click

here.
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October 25th, 2008Another solid win in Basel put Mark and Mahesh into another final, as they defeated Acasuso/Calleri 7-5, 6-2. After an up and down first set, the boys managed to squeak out with a late break. They worked out any kinks they may have had in the 2nd set, breaking to go up 4-2, and then again to close out the match. It’s the 2nd straight year Mark has made the final, so let’s hope this year equates to a title. Who they will face in the final will be determined later today.

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October 24th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh fought back to win a three set match against Kerr/Nieminen in the quarterfinals of Basel, winning 5-7, 6-3, 10-5. After dropping a close first set, Mark and Mahesh came back and controlled the duration of the match. They’ll play Acasuso/Calleri in the semifinals. It’s worth noting that Mark and Mahesh are the only seeded team to advance to the semifinal stage of the tournament.
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October 23rd, 2008

A quick, easy match was what exactly Mark and Mahesh needed in the 1st round of Basel. After coming off a final in Madrid, and a four day break, the two came out on fire today against Granollers/Lopez, breezing past the Spanish pairing 6-4, 6-1. The match lasted just 52 minutes and Mark and Mahesh returned extremely well, especially in the 2nd set, as they won 52% of the return points and earned two breaks of service. The opponents in the quarterfinals will be Kerr/Nieminen and that will be played tomorrow.
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October 19th, 2008

The run to the Madrid final ended in slight disappointment, as Mark and Mahesh were unable to finish off a strong week with the title. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski were on fire throughout the entire match and earned the victory, which was their first Masters Series title. They took the match 6-4, 6-2 and really pressured Mark and Mahesh on serve. Still, it was a great week for Mark and Mahesh and the run to the final clinched a spot for the year end Masters Cup, so congratulations to Mark and Mahesh on that achievement! The result also saw Mahesh’s ranking vault to #7.

Mark and Mahesh turn to Basel, Switzerland now, where they are the #2 seeded team. They face Granollers/Lopez in the first round.
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October 18th, 2008

Back into another final! Mark and Mahesh have reached their 3rd Masters Series Final of the year, with an impressive win over Bjorkman/Ullyett. The two won 6-2, 6-4 and were the far better team throughout the match. Mark and Mahesh won 10 of the first 12 games, before Bjorkman/Ullyett finally managed to get into a little rhythm. Our guys stayed strong though, and clawed back from 0-30 in the final game to win the match. They’ll square off against the Polish team of Fyrstenberg/Matkowski and look for their 3rd title of the year.
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October 17th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh are into the semifinals of the Madrid Masters Series after a solid win over Aspelin/Knowle. They won 6-3, 7-5, and served an impressive 11 aces. Mark and Hesh also saved all five break points that they faced. They’ll face Bjorkman/Ullyett in the semifinals. The duo upset the #1 team, the Bryan Brothers in the quarterfinals.
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October 15th, 2008

A walkover courtesy of Moya/Nadal has put Mark and Mahesh through to the quarterfinals of AMS Madrid. Nadal is nursing a sore upper thigh.
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October 12th, 2008

The draw has been released in Madrid and Mark and Mahesh enjoy a first round bye as the number four seeds. However, their first match won’t be easy, no matter who survives the first round. They’ll face either world #1 in singles Rafael Nadal, who is partnering Carlos Moya, or American tandem and friends James Blake and Mardy Fish, who upset Mark and Mahesh earlier this year in Hamburg. It will be a tough task indeed, but the guys should feel confident coming off a semifinal performance in Vienna. The full draw can be viewed

here.
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October 11th, 2008The run in Vienna is over. Mirnyi/Ram came back from a set down to take a three setter against Mark and Mahesh in the semifinals. Mirnyi/Ram, a maiden pairing, improved their play drastically after losing the first set handily and went on to take the match in a closely contested champions tiebreaker. They won 2-6, 6-3, 10-8. Next up for Mark and Mahesh is the Madrid Masters.

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October 10th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh defeated Damm/Vizner 7-6, 7-6 in the quarterfinals of Vienna. The scoreline indicates it was tight, but the difference was Mark and Mahesh did much better on 2nd serve points, and also returned well on their opponents 2nd serves. It was the 3rd time this season they defeated the Czech pairing. They’ll now face Mirnyi/Ram, a scratch pairing this week, for the chance to play for the title.
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October 8th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh went hunting today and found themselves a Fish and a Parrott. They easily defeated the alternate pairing of Fisher/Parrott 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of Vienna. The match took just 52 minutes and Mark and Mahesh converted 4/6 break points, while saving all three that they faced.
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October 4th, 2008

Mark recently spoke at Richland High School in Texas. You can read the full story

here.This week, he and Hesh are back in action in Vienna and

here is the draw. They face Gicquel/Wawrinka in the first round and are seeded second.