|Canadian Daniel Nestor (pictured) and partner Max Mirnyi lost their doubles semifinal match at the Australian Open on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files)
MELBOURNE - The unseeded duo of Indian Leander Paes and Czech Radek Stepanek fought back to upend a second-seeded tandem of Canadian Daniel Nestor and Belarusian Max Mirnyi 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Thursday at the Australian Open.
Paes and Stepanek will face world No. 1 twin Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, who were also come-from-behind semifinal winners.
The Bryans saved a match point and overcame a 2-5 deficit in a third-set tiebreak before sneaking past a seventh-seeded team of Swede Robert Lindstedt and Romanian Horia Tecau 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
The 33-year-old Bryans own 11 Grand Slam doubles titles, including the last three Aussie Open crowns. They have won five of the last six Aussie titles and are also the reigning Wimbledon champs.
A 12th Grand Slam title would be a record.
The Bryans are also an eight-time Grand Slam doubles runner-up.
Paes was a runner-up to the Bryans, playing alongside fellow Indian Mahesh Bhupathi, in last year's Aussie doubles finale. The 38-year-old is a six-time Grand Slam doubles champion and three-time Aussie doubles runner-up. Stepanek is a former U.S. Open doubles runner-up (2002).
Saturday's winning team will split $475,000.