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Marrero/Verdasco Chasing Fourth Title

Doubles 2012

Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco closed on their fourth ATP World Tour title of the season on Saturday in Hamburg as they upset second seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 6-7(0), 6-4, 14-12 in one hour and 43 minutes in the semi-finals of the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships 2012.

Marrero and Verdasco are coming off victory at last week’s ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag (d. Granollers/Lopez) and were triumphant earlier in the season at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (d. Mertinak/Sa) and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (d. Granollers/Lopez). They are currently in 11th place in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London.

In the final, Marrero and Verdasco will face Brazilian/Spanish tandem Rogerio Dutra Silva and Daniel Munoz-De La Nava, who needed just 56 minutes to dismiss Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Gilles Simon 6-0, 6-2. Both Dutra Silva and Munoz-De La Nava are through to their first ATP World Tour doubles finals.

At the BB&T Atlanta Open, Matthew Ebden and Ryan Harrison knocked off No. 1 seeds Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals. The Australian/American duo won 29 of their 31 first serve points and saved all three break points they faced to clinch the upset in 76 minutes.

Ebden and Harrison are looking to win their second team title, having captured the Campbell’s Hall Of Fame Tennis Championships trophy in Newport last year. A win on Sunday would give Ebden a successful title defence, following victory in 2011 with Alex Bogomolov Jr..

For the title, Ebden and Harrison will play Xavier Malisse and Michael Russell. In a finish after midnight local time, Malisse and Russell defeated Raven Klaasen and Donald Young 6-4, 4-6, 10-5.

The Belgian/American tandem is teaming up for just the second time, having lost in the Houston first round in 2010. Malisse has a 7-3 doubles final record, while Russell is appearing in his first ATP World Tour final of any kind.

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