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Venus through to Swiss doubles final

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/10/2016

Michael Venus © Getty Michael Venus Kiwi tennis player Michael Venus and Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt are through to the final of the ATP 500 tournament in Basel, Switzerland.

The pair defeated tournament top seeds Horia Tecau (Romania) and Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) to reach the final 1-6 6-3 10-8 in just over an hour.

The win didn't come easily, with Venus and Lindstedt needing to work hard to recover from a poor opening set.

"It's nice to play well in a big tournament like this," Venus said.

"We made some simple mistakes in the first set and got totally outplayed, but in the second set we played to our strengths and then were able to hold on."

Venus and Lindstedt, playing their first tournament together, face fourth seeds Marcel Granollers of Spain and American Jack Sock in the final.

"We're confident with the way we are playing. The final will be tough, both players are top singles and doubles players, but we'll work on a plan, get out there and see what happens," Venus said.

It is Venus's ninth doubles final of the year, and the 29-year-old Aucklander - ranked 39 in the world in doubles - has four wins to his credit.

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