KAAPSE VONKEL: Klaasen and Venus. Photo: TIM IRELAND/AP

There will be at least one South African in the finals at Wimbledon this weekend.

This after Capetonian Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand doubles partner Michael Venus booked their spot in the doubles final, beating Joe Salisbury and Frederik Nielsen in their semifinal on Thursday.

Klaasen, whose only other appearance in a Grand Slam final was at the Australian Open in 2014 when he claimed a runners-up medal, and Venus had to fight hard for the four-set win.

But after winning the first set 7-6, they lost the second 6-3.

The pair then turned on the style to win the third and fourth sets for a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4 result.

Klaasen, 35, is the first South African to reach the final of the doubles tournament after countryman Wesley Moodie and his Australian partner Stephen Huss beat American pair Bob and Mike Bryan in 2005.

Before that, South Africa last won the doubles event at the All England Lawn Club back in 1978 when Frew McMilan and Bob Hewitt - both South Africans - beat John McEnroe and Peter Fleming.

Klaasen and Venus will face American duo Jack Sock and Mike Bryan in the final after they beat Dominic Inglot and his teammate Franko Skugar in the semis.

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