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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2006, 20:12 GMT
Stepanek hits form in Rotterdam
Radek Stepanek
Stepanek overcame Davydenko to reach his fourth ATP tour final
Radek Stepanek fought back from a set down to make the final of the Rotterdam Open with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 win over Nikolay Davydenko, the second seed.

Davydenko started well but later struggled with the pace after competing in six of the last seven weeks.

Stepanek said: "I turned the match in the second set and even when I was 3-1 down in the third I felt in control."

The Czech star will now meet Christophe Rochus in the final after the Belgian beat Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-3.

It's going to be a tough final, but I am prepared for it
Radek Stepanek
The big-serving Nieminen defeated Rochus' brother Olivier en route to the semi-finals.

"It was always better to play Nieminen than my brother," said Rochus.

"I didn't give him space to move closer to the net, which is why it was easy to control him."

Stepanek said : "It's going to be a tough final, but I am prepared for it."

The 27-year-old will have to improve upon his record in finals if he is to win his first ATP Tour title - Stepanek has lost all three of his previous attempts.


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