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Mahut/Roger-Vasselin Advance To Metz Final

Doubles 2012

Second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin dismissed No. 3 seeds Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to move through to the Moselle Open final in Metz.

Mahut and Roger-Vasselin won 87 per cent of their first serve points and saved all three break points they faced to advance in 61 minutes.

The Frenchmen are through to their third final on home soil this season, having lifted trophies in Montpellier (d. Hanley/Murray) and Marseille (d. Brown/Tsonga). They also reached the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Washington (l. to Anderson/Querrey).

In the final, Mahut and Roger-Vasselin will face fourth seeds Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen.

At the St. Petersburg Open, top seeds Rajeev Ram and Nenad Zimonjic edged fourth-seeded Frank Moser and Ken Skupski 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 10-5. The American/Serbian duo won three fewer total points but won all eight of their service points in the Match Tie-break to prevail in two hours and two minutes.

Zimonjic is a two-time former titlist, partnering Julian Knowle (2003) and Daniel Nestor (2007) to victory. He and Ram will look to triumph on their team debut when they play Lukas Lacko and Igor Zelenay for the crown.

Lacko and Zelenay won an all-Slovakian contest, defeating Martin Klizan and Filip Polasek 6-3, 3-6, 10-5. Lacko and Zelenay are each seeking their first career ATP World Tour title.

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