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Erlich/Ram Prevail To Reach Belgrade Final

Doubles 2012

Third seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram advanced to the Serbia Open 2012 final on Saturday, defeating Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.

Erlich and Ram won three fewer points than their opponents, but edged out the Spaniards in the final set Match Tie-break to claim victory in 90 minutes.

The Israeli tandem is through to its second final of the season, following a runner-up showing at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Paes/Tipsarevic). The former Australian Open champions are aiming to lift their 15th team trophy and will face Martin Emmrich and Andreas Siljestrom.

The German/Swedish pair dismissed No. 2 seeds Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-2, 6-4. Emmrich and Siljestrom converted four of their 13 break point opportunities to claim victory in 66 minutes. Both are seeking their first tour-level title, with Emmrich making his final debut and Siljestrom appearing in his second title match.

In Munich, Xavier Malisse and Dick Norman beat Germans Dustin Brown and Alexander Waske 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in one hour and 22 minutes to reach the BMW Open final. Malisse and Norman are bidding to win their first team title since 2007, having triumphed in Chennai five years ago.

The Belgians will take on No. 1 seeds Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek for the crown on Sunday.

At the Estoril Open, fourth seeds Julian Knowle and David Marrero topped Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin 7-6(4) 5-7, 10-6 in just under two hours for a place in the final. Both teams won 64 per cent of their service points and saved four break points. Knowle and Marrero won 80 of 161 total points.

They will go onto meet top seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. Marrero has a 4-4 record in ATP World Tour finals, lifting the Estoril title in 2010 and finishing runner-up in 2011 (w/Marc Lopez). Knowle has a 16-13 record in title matches.

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