Tennis: Roger Federer reached a doubles final for a first time in 3 years as he partnered Marco Chiudinelli to beat Dustin Brown and Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals of Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
Earlier, Federer reached the singles final by brushing aside world No.12 Kei Nishikori, but now it was time to face German wildcards Dustin Brown and Jan-Lennard Struff.
Both pairs broke eachother once as it was levelled at 5-5 in the first set, but Federer and Chiudinelli broke their opponents in the 12th game to take the first set 7-5. They broke the German pair twice in the second set to take it 6-3 and moved into the final.
Federer and Chiudinelli had got walkover in the first round and defeated Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo in the Quarterfinals. Federer will be going for his 9th career doubles title, first since he won Doubles Gold medal with Stanislas Wawrinka in 2008 Beijing Olympics 6 years ago.
He has reached doubles final for the first time with Marco Chiudinelli. Overall its 14th doubles final for Federer. Federer and Chiudinelli, who have not relinquished a set this week, will face fellow unseeded tandem Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle in the final.