Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden moved to within one win of capturing their third title of the season together on Saturday when they overcame Harri Heliovaara and Mate Pavic 6-7(3), 6-4, 10-6 at the Rolex Paris Masters.
In a hard-fought clash, the third seeds won 88 per cent (46/52) of their first-serve points and were strong in the key moments, saving all three break points to advance after 89 minutes.
Bopanna and Ebden are chasing their second ATP Masters 1000 crown of the year, having triumphed in Indian Wells in March. They have won 12 of their past 14 matches, advancing to the final at the US Open and in Shanghai. They will aim to go one step further in Sunday's title match when they meet Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who claimed four breaks of serve en route to beating US Open champions and fellow Nitto ATP Finals qualifiers Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3, 6-3.
Gonzalez and Roger-Vasselin are chasing their fifth team title of 2023 and second ATP Masters 1000 crown (Miami). They have lost both meetings this season to Bopanna and Ebden.