16 Jan 2010

Daniell stunned to make doubles final

6:40 am on 16 January 2010

The Wairarapa rookie tennis professional Marcus Daniell didn't expecting to be playing in the doubles semi-finals at the Heineken Open, let alone this afternoon's final.

The first New Zealander to make a final in Auckland since Brett Steven won the doubles with the American Pat Galbraith in 1998 was so sure his tournament would be over by Friday, he'd planned to go to the Big Day Out at Mt Smart Stadium.

Daniell and Horia Tecau of Romania play Brazilians Marcello Melo and Bruno Soares.