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It was semi-finals day at the German Open in Hamburg on Saturday - and on court were Jurgen Melzer of Austria taking on Italy's Andreas Seppi. Jurgen Melzer continued his strong run of form.
The 29-year-old Austrian, who stormed into semi-final at the French Open, survived a break point in the third game before wrapping up the first set with powerful ground strokes. He claimed the opener 6 game to four when Seppi dropped a backhand reply.
The Italian, who enjoyed a 2-1 record in their previous meetings, upped his play with agile movement. He rallied with Meltzer over the court before taking an early lead with a forehand volley.
However, Melzer soon restored his momentum, breaking his opponent twice.. The Austrian went on to snatch it 6-2 when Seppi bluffed an answer ball. The Austrian cruised to his 9th ATP tour final with a straight set victory.
Golubev upsets local favorite through to final
German hopes rested on Florian Mayer in the second semi-final when he faced world number 82 Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan. It was business as usual for the local hero in the opening set as Mayer withstood some strong resistance from the Kazakh. This lob saw Mayer taking an early 3-1 lead.
However, Golubev, who shocked top seed Nikolay Davydenko, came back to clinch the first game 7-6 when Mayer faltered.
In the following set, Mayer's challenge was effectively over, as Golubev went on to hold his own serve to lead at 5-4. The 23-year-old launched trademark cross court strokes which helped himself book a second career place ATP World Tour final with an emphatic game to love.