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Paes-Dlouhy in Weber Open final

June 14, 2008 01:26 IST

Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy battled their way into the doubles final in the 713,000 euros Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, Germany, on Friday.

The fourth seeded Indo-Czech pair scored a thrilling 6-4, 0-6, 10-4 (match tie-break) victory over Ivan Ljubicic and Robin Soderling in the semi-finals.

Bad weather conditions forced match to be halted for an hour after Paes and Dlouhy took the first set. But after play resumed, Ljubicic and Soderling made the most of a 4-0 lead and took the second set 6-0.

However, Dlouhy and Paes quickly regained composure in the tie-break and won the last six points to seal the match at 10-4.

In the final they will meet the winners of the other semi-final between wild cards Christopher Kas - Philipp Petzschner of Germany and the Russian-German pair of Mikail Youzhny-Mischa Zverev.

The former beat Marc Gicquel and Fabrice Santoro 6-4, 7-5, while the latter secured a passage to the last four at the cost of Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdyc, who gave a walk-over.