Mirny on form again

Belarusian tennis player ends year with doubles event final

By Yuri Kovalev

The event, hosted by the British capital, gathered the world’s top eight pairs. In the finals, Max Mirny and Indian Mahesh Bhupathi lost to Canadian Daniel Nestor and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic — 6:7, 4:6. Mirny’s second final in a row at the ATP doubles was his last with Bhupathi as, next season, he will be partnering Daniel Nestor.

In 2009, Mirny played a decisive match with Israel’s Andy Ram, against brothers Bob and Mike Bryans of the USA, who proved stronger. The fifth championship of his career has ended with the Canadian-Serbian pair’s win. Mirny made his debut among the world’s top eight pairs in 2003. He participated in finals tournaments in 2005-2006 and in 2009 but victory in 2006 was his best achievement, partnering Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden.

After the tournament in London, Max has moved up one step in the ATP doubles rankings, to reach seventh seed; his partner, Mahesh Bhupathi, remains sixth. This is the highest for Max since September 10th, 2007.
This year, he won the doubles event at the Masters Tournament in Paris and has reached the finals of tournaments five times.

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