Wimbledon: Kiwi Michael Venus, Raven Klaasen reach men's doubles final

It's Venus' third tennis Grand Slam final in the last 13 months.
It's Venus' third tennis Grand Slam final in the last 13 months. Photo credit: Getty Images

Kiwi Michael Venus and South Africa's Raven Klaasen have made it to the men's doubles final at Wimbledon.

Venus and Klaasen defeated Britain's Joe Salisbury and Denmark's Frederik Nielsen 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 in their semi-final on Friday (NZ time). 

The match was played on the Wimbledon number one court in front of 11,000 spectators.

It will be Venus' third Grand Slam final in 13 months, having won the men's doubles at last year's French Open and lost in the mixed doubles at the US Open.

"It's really exciting," he said after the match.

"It's the one Grand Slam you look at the most when you're growing up, so to be playing here, in the final and back out on centre court, there should be another great atmosphere and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity."

In the final, the pair will face American duo Jack Sock and Mike Bryan, who won their semi-final 6-3 6-1 6-7 7-6 6-4 over Britain's Dominic Inglot and Croatia's Franko Skugor.

Venus is quietly confident that the 13th-seeded pair beat the American duo in the final.

"Raven has got great hands at the net, is very athletic, very fast, makes a lot of returns and then I bring the other element to it, with the power, to set him up," he said.

"It's taken a bit of time for us to really feel like we've got everything in place. We were consistent at the start of the year and knocking on the door of having good results, but never really got over the line."

"But we've kept trusting what we're doing and the process, and it seems to be paying off right now."

Venus has also qualified for the mixed doubles semi-finals with partner Katarina Srebotnik.

They will face Alexander Peya and Nicole Melichar for a spot in the final. 

The men's doubles final will take place on Sunday morning.

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