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Paes-Dlouhy in Japan final

The profligate pair of Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy kept themselves in contention for their second consecutive ATP doubles title as the top seeded duo reached the final of the Japan Open.

sports Updated: Oct 04, 2008 23:34 IST

The profligate pair of Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy kept themselves in contention for their second consecutive ATP doubles title as the top seeded duo reached the final of the $869,000 Japan Open in Tokyo on Saturday.

The Indo-Czech team defeated Robert Kendrick of America and Jarko Nieminen of Finland 6-4 7-6 (4) in one hour and 11 minutes in the semifinal of the hard court ATP event.

The winners of the Thailand Open last week squandered as many as eight breakpoints before romping home after a tight contest. They could break their rivals only once in the match but scored points when it mattered most.

They will meet Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and Mischa Zverev of Germany, who toppled third seed pair Jordan Kerr of Australia and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden 6-2 4-6 10-8 in the second semifinal.

Del Potro in final

Tokyo: Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro continued his stunning run of form Saturday to set up a final showdown against Tomas Berdych in the Japan Open.

The Argentinian fifth seed beat Richard Gasquet 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to claim his 29th win in his past 30 matches.

Berdych, the ninth seed from the Czech Republic, staged a great comeback from 0-3 down in the final set to beat second seed Andy Roddick 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 7-6 (7/3).

Venus beats Safina

Stuttgart: Venus Williams overpowered Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2 to advance into the Porsche Grand Prix semi-finals.

She faces Jelena Jankovic on Saturday in the semis.