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Lindstedt/Tecau Battle Into Bucharest Final

Doubles 2012

Tecau, Lindstedt© Raed KrishanHome favourite Horia Tecau and his Swedish partner, Robert Lindstedt, are through to the Bucharest final.

Top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau battled into the final of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Friday as they edged Australians Paul Hanley and Jordan Kerr 5-7, 6-4, 10-8. The Swedish/Romanian pairing won six points more than their opponents as they clinched victory in the decisive Match Tie-break in one hour and 45 minutes.

Lindstedt and Tecau are through to their second ATP World Tour final of the season, following a runner-up effort in Rotterdam (l. to Llodra/Zimonjic) in February. Both will contest the final at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament in Bucharest for the first time, and will play Jeremy Chardy and Lukasz Kubot.

The French/Polish duo dismissed fourth-seeded James Cerretani and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2. Chardy and Kubot won 79 per cent of their first serve points to advance to their first final in 58 minutes.

At the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, two-time former finalists Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski advanced to the semi-finals with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7(8), 10-7 victory over Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. The Poles broke serve four times as they claimed victory in just under two hours.

Fyrstenberg and Matkowski go onto face second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, who overcame sixth seeds Santiago Giraldo and Christopher Kas 7-5, 6-4 in 74 minutes. The Belarusian/Canadian duo are coming off a runner-up showing in Monte-Carlo and are chasing their third ATP World Tour title of the season after victories in Brisbane and Memphis.

Home pairing Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez topped No. 3 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Nenad Zimonjic 7-5, 3-6, 10-5. The Spaniards won four more points to claim victory in one hour and 36 minutes.

Granollers and Lopez are bidding to win their first team title, having reached the Acapulco final (l. to Marrero/Verdasco). They will take on eighth seeds Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya in the semi-finals. The Austrians advanced when top-ranked Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan withdrew prior to their quarter-final match due to a stomach virus (Bob Bryan).

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