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Fish Advances to Weber Open Final

June 12, 2004

HALLE, Germany (AP) _ American Mardy Fish advanced to the final of the Gerry Weber Open with a three-set victory over Rainer Schuettler on Saturday.

Fish, who won 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4), will take on top-ranked Roger Federer in Sunday’s title match of the tuneup tournament for Wimbledon. Federer reached the final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jiri Novak.

Fish, seeded sixth in the tournament, went ahead 5-4 in the tiebreak when Schuettler double faulted. Fish closed out the match with a serve that forced a forehand error; and another that the German was unable to return.

Tournament officials took advantage of the world’s only roof over a grass court on the ATP circuit, closing the structure when it began raining.

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