Canadian Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus advanced to the final of the Sony Ericsson Open with a commanding 6-2, 6-4 victory over India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna on Thursday.
The No. 2-seed duo will play for their third title of 2012 when they take on the winners between top-seeds Bob and Mike Bryan and No. 7-seeds Leader Paes of India and Czech Radek Stepanek.
Nestor and Mirnyi will try Saturday to add Miami to trophies this year in Brisbane in January and Memphis in February.
“We've been playing solid this week ... It's good to get to the final,” said Nestor.
The Canadian's team swept the opening set in 21 minutes as Bhupathi and Bopanna continue a partnership formed only this season to prepare for the London Olympic Games.
“Those guys don't have much time on court together, so we were able to use our experience to good advantage,” said Nestor.
Bhupathi and Bopanna lost serve in the third game of the second set as Nestor and Mirnyi dominated with their big-hitting attack.
Mirnyi got out of a jam as he faced three break points while serving for the win. However, the pair saved all three and won on a first match point from an India error.
“Max played well in the last game to win it after they had break points,” said Nestor. “But we have to lift our game for the final if we want to win it.”
Nestor and Mirnyi saved all six break points they faced while breaking three times and combining for six aces.
The semifinal victory took 55 minutes and marked a rare win for Nestor at an event where he has struggled in doubles play.
The 39-year-old from Toronto and Mirnyi lost the 2011 final to Bhupathi and Leander Paes. Nestor won the title a decade ago with former partner Mark Knowles of the Bahamas.
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