Melbourne, Jan 27 (Agencies): Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have advanced to the finals after their win over the combine of Max Mirnyi from Belarus and Daniel Nestor from Canada on Thursday.

The third seeded Indian pair, who teamed up together after nine years in a bid to add the only Grand Slam title missing in their cupboard, defeated the second seeded pair 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the semifinals.

The Indian Express got off to a good start registering the first set in their favour but went down fighting in the next set and came back strongly in the third and last set to win the match.

The India duo will face the top seeded pair of Bryan Brothers of USA in the summit clash.

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won the semifinal match with a straight set victory over Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer.

Paes and Bhupathi decided to rejoin the forces after nine years to win that elusive Australian Open trophy, at the start of the season.

They came into Australian Open in a good nick as they clinched the Chennai Open at home.

Paes has won 12 Grand Slam titles and Bhupathi 11 in their respective careers but they have never won Australian Open men's doubles trophy.

Interestingly, Bhupathi has not won a men's doubles Grand Slam title since 2002 US Open with max Mirnyi.

Paes and Bhupathi last played together at a Grand Slam at Australian Open in 2002 when they reached the second round.