No. 3 seeds Martin Damm and Pavel Vizner continued their good form in France by moving into the final of the Open 13 in Marseille with a hard fought victory over top seeds and reigning US Open champions Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.
Despite breaking serve less time than their opponents, Damm and Vizner were able to edge out the victory after one hour and 52 minutes. Damm is a two time champion in Marseille, clinching the title in 2005 and 2006 with compatriot Radek Stepanek. Vizner has finished runner-up twice, with Adams in 1999 and with Cibulec in 2005.
In Sunday’s final they will face rookie pairing Yves Allegro and Jeff Coetzee who defeated French pairing Julian Benneteau and Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 5-7, 10-6 in one hour and 37 minutes. Allegro and Coetzee trailed 2-5 in the opening set before winning five straight games. After dropping the second set, they finished the match strongly by winning five of the last six points in the match tie-break.
Allegro will be appearing in his 10th career ATP final and trying to win his fourth ATP title, the first since Halle in June 2005. Coetzee, a finalist in Doha the first week of the season (w/Moodie), is making his 13th career ATP final showing (5-7). His last ATP title came in 's-Hertogenbosch in June last year (w/Wassen).
From the ATP site