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Bryans, Mirnyi-Nestor Reach Vienna Final

Mirnyi, Nestor© e|motion/zolles.comMirnyi-Nestor will play the Bryans for the Vienna title.

Second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor progressed to their fifth final of the year, defeating Juan Martin del Potro and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-6(2) in the Erste Bank Open semi-finals on Saturday in Vienna.

Mirnyi and Nestor served for the match leading 5-4 in the second set before del Potro and Stepanek broke back to eventually send the set into a tie-break. But from there, the Belarusian-Canadian duo took control to seal the victory in one hour and 18 minutes.

Both Mirnyi and Nestor are two-time former champions at the event with different partners. Mirnyi triumphed in 2008 with Andy Ram and 2003 with Mahesh Bhupathi. Nestor captured the title last year with Nenad Zimonjic and also took home the 2005 crown with Mark Knowles.

The winners of three titles this season, (Roland Garros, Shanghai and Memphis), Mirnyi and Nestor will look to add to their trophy haul when they take on World No. 1 pairing Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. The top seeds cruised past Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-3, 6-2 in 51 minutes.

The American twins took advantage of early break leads in each set, and won 86 per cent of their first service points to advance to their 10th final of the season. The victory avenged a quarter-final defeat to the Poles at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Fyrstenberg and Matkowski were looking to pad their lead in the battle for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, as they are currently ranked eighth in the 2011 ATP Doubles Team Rankings.

The Bryans, appearing in Vienna for the first time since 2002, are chasing their seventh title of the year and first since winning their second Wimbledon title (d. Lindstedt-Tecau). They also lifted trophies at the Australian Open, Houston, Monte Carlo, Madrid and London / Queen’s Club.

At the St. Petersburg Open, wild cards Mikhail Elgin and Alexander Kudryavtsev rallied to beat Michael Kohlmann and Alexander Waske 6-7(2), 7-5, 11-9. The Russians will play third-seeded Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins for the title.

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