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Paes/Stepanek Reach Tokyo Final; Berlocq/Istomin To Face Bryans In Beijing

Doubles 2012

Top seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek reached the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships final on Saturday, defeating Daniele Bracciali and Frantisek Cermak 6-3, 6-1 in Tokyo.

Paes and Stepanek were never troubled on serve and capitalised on four of their seven break points to advance in 64 minutes. They are through to their second straight final following their runner-up finish at the US Open to Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

The Australian Open champions are looking to add to season triumphs in Melbourne (d. Bryan/Bryan) and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami (d. Mirnyi/Nestor).

The two will face No. 4 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares for the title on Sunday. Peya and Soares beat Tomas Berdych and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-4 in 77 minutes. The Austrian/Brazilian duo are looking to win their second title in a row, having begun the Asian swing by lifting the trophy in Kuala Lumpur (d. Fleming/Hutchins).

At the China Open in Beijing, Carlos Berlocq and Denis Istomin knocked out British duo Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 6-2, 6-3 in 71 minutes. Berlocq has a 1-3 record in ATP World Tour finals, while Istomin will appear in his first title match. They will play top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan on Sunday.

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