Melo/Kubot Reach Doubles Final

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Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo are through to their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final as a team after edging Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals on Friday.

The Polish/Brazilian duo rallied from a 2-4 deficit in the second set, winning five of the next six games to force a Match Tie-break, which they controlled from the start to seal victory in one hour and 33 minutes.

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Kubot and Melo joined forces full-time at the start of 2017. They have won two titles together before, capturing back-to-back Vienna crowns in 2015 and 2016.

In Saturday’s final, they will face sixth seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, who defeated Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey in the other semifinal on Thursday evening.

Murray and Soares, who finished as the No. 1 duo in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings last year, were looking to win their second successive ATP World Tour title, after coming into Indian Wells on the back of victory in Acapulco.

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