With United Nations ambassadors from their countries sitting side-by-side to cheer them on, Aisam and Bopanna beat Argentina's Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zaballos 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.
"I always believed we would have to do well in the Grand Slams to get the message across," Aisam said. "Them coming to watch us here, it's a big step. They were very encouraging. They said what we are doing is a great thing.
"It just feels like us doing well on the bigger level is getting the message across throughout the world - if me and Rohan can get along so well there's no reason the Indians and Pakistanis can't get along with each other."
In a breakthrough on the court, they will face US top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in Friday's final. "I'm really looking forward to the finals against the Bryans," Bopanna said. "To be the best you have to beat the best."
The ambassadors will be back to watch and so will India and Pakistan fans, cheering together for once. And Aisam hopes he can change US perceptions regarding Pakistan and the Muslim faith. "Today was a small step toward (peace)," Qureshi said. "We always said sports can reach places where no religion or politics can reach. I think it's above all the religion and politics.
"Pakistan has been going through a lot from all the terrorist attacks and the flooding now for the last few months and the cricket scandal," Qureshi said. "I'm very happy and proud that I can send positive news back home.
"I just hope I keep winning matches for Pakistan and can get either one of these titles or both titles back home. That would be a great thing."
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