Tennis: Venus and Pavic beat top seeds

By Dave Worsley

A big win for Kiwi doubles player Michael Venus and Croatian Mate Pavic this morning. They have beaten the top seeds and current Australian Open and US Open champions, Brazilians Bruno Soares ranked No.2 in the world and Marcelo Melo the world No.7 to reach the final of the ATP tournament in Stockholm.

The 6-2 6-4 semifinal win took just over an hour and had Venus and Pavic break their opponents serve three times out of seven opportunities, while the Brazilians had five break points against the Kiwi and Croat team but couldnt convert.

Venus and Pavic have won four ATP doubles titles this year - Auckland, Montpellier, Marseille and s-Hertogenbosch. They have been finalists in Metz, Gstaad and Nice.

Venus is currently ranked 38 in the world, one off his career-best.

- This story has been automatically published using a media release from New Zealand Tennis

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