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Lindstedt/Zimonjic To Meet Melo/Soares In Stockholm Final

Doubles 2012

Zimonjic, Lindstedt© K. Brunstrom/If Stockholm OpenNenad Zimonjic and Robert Lindstedt reached the Stockholm final.

Top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Nenad Zimonjic advanced to the If Stockholm Open final on Saturday, edging Kevin Anderson and Jonathan Erlich 4-6, 7-6(4), 12-10.

A day after prevailing 14-12 in a final set Match Tie-break, Lindstedt and Zimonjic once again squeaked out a narrow victory, topping Anderson and Erlich in one hour and 44 minutes. Both teams won 72 points.

Lindstedt and Zimonjic are looking to capture the title on their partnership debut. They will join forces full-time in 2013. Lindstedt is bidding to lift his fifth trophy of the season while Zimonjic is gunning for his third title. In Sunday’s final, Swedish/Serbian tandem will face No. 3 seeds Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.

The Brazilians defeated second-seeded Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-5, 3-6, 10-4 in 89 minutes. Melo and Soares have won three crowns together, most recently in Costa Do Sauipe last year. Soares is aiming to win his third title in his past four tournaments, having triumphed with Alexander Peya in Kuala Lumpur (d. Fleming/Hutchins) and Tokyo (d. Paes/Stepanek).

At the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich rallied to upset No. 1 seeds Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 the semi-finals. Both Begemann and Emmrich are aiming to win their first ATP World Tour doubles title.

Entering the tournament, Begemann had never won a tour-level match. Emmrich will contest his second final this year, after a runner-up finish at the Serbia Open 2012 in Belgrade with Andreas Siljestrom (l. to Erlich/Ram).

For the title, Begemann and Emmrich will play second seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek. The Austrian/Slovakian pair edged Jamie Murray and Andre Sa 7-6(3), 7-6(2) to advance to their first final together. Knowle is a two-time former finalist at the ATP World Tour 250 event.

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