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Kubot/Tipsarevic Continue Run To Rome Final

Rome, Italy

Tipsarevic, Kubot© Getty ImagesTipsarevic and Kubot beat their third seeded team on Saturday in Rome.

Lukasz Kubot and Janko Tipsarevic continued their run at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia Saturday, defeating fourth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Rome final.

The Polish/Serbian duo, playing just their second tournament together, saved nine of the 11 break points they faced, and converted five service breaks against last week’s Mutua Madrid Open finalists to advance in 81 minutes.

Kubot and Tipsarevic have knocked out three seeded pairs en route to Sunday’s title match, upsetting fifth-seeded Australian Open champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in the second round, and No. 2 seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the quarter-finals.

Both are through to their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles final. Kubot had lost in the semi-finals four straight times with former partner Oliver Marach, while Tipsarevic dropped his lone previous final four appearance in Miami last year, also with Marach.

In the final, Kubot and Tipsarevic will face Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. The Spanish tandem eased past seventh seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 6-4, 6-1.

Granollers and Lopez hit 83 per cent of their first serves in play, winning 76 per cent of those points to claim victory in 65 minutes.

Lopez is bidding to win his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, after triumphing for the second time with Rafael Nadal at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March. Granollers will contest his second Masters 1000 final, having finished runner-up at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris three years ago with Tommy Robredo. The two have a 0-4 final record together.

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