The Indian pair were beaten 7-5, 3-6, 10-3 in an exciting three-set encounter by No6 seeds Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers. And the loss, which was the fifth in five finals for 38-year-old Bhupathi, also marked time on their partnership as they plan to play with different people in 2013.
Bopanna, 32, will play with American Rajeev Ram, while Bhupathi is yet to reveal his new partner.
“We’re playing with different partners for the next season,” said Bopanna, who won the Paris Masters with Bhupathi. “Tennis-wise, we’ve had a great two weeks and can’t complain about that. I’m happy to take all the positives from the tennis tour and now look forward to the new partnership coming up.”