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Lindstedt/Zimonjic Battle Into Stockholm Semis

Doubles 2012

Top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Nenad Zimonjic battled into the semi-finals of the If Stockholm Open on Friday as they edged Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley 6-3, 3-6, 14-12 in 86 minutes. The Swedish/Serbian duo won one point less than their opponents and both teams broke serve three times.

Lindstedt and Zimonjic are debuting their new partnership this week ahead of teaming up full time for the 2013 season. The 36-year-old Zimonjic was runner-up at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament in 2005 with Leander Paes, while the 35-year-old Lindstedt is bidding to win his fourth title on home soil after three victories at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad.

At the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak reached the final with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Russian wild cards Evgeny Donskoy and Igor Kunitsyn. The Czech/Slovakian duo are bidding to win their seventh ATP World Tour team title and broke serve three times from 11 opportunities to clinch the semi-final victory in 62 minutes.

In the final they will face Italians Simone Bolelli and Daniele Bracciali, who overturned third seeds Carlos Berlocq and Alex Bogomolov Jr., 6-1, 6-4 in 62 minutes. Bracciali and Bolelli are making their team debut this week.

In Vienna, second seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek defeated Robin Haase and Jesse Levine 6-2, 7-6(4) in the Erste Bank Open quarter-finals. Knowle and Polasek did not lose serve, winning 87 per cent of their service points.

In the semi-finals, Knowle and Polasek will play Jamie Murray and Andre Sa. The British/Brazilian duo edged wild cards Martin Fischer and Philipp Oswald 7-6(6), 6-4. Murray and Sa are seeking their second team title, having triumphed in Metz last year.

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