Karen Khachanov sends Tomas Berdych packing to reach Open 13 final
Karen Khachanov and Lucas Pouille will contest the Open 13 final after the former beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets.
World No 47 Khachanov used his excellent serve to good use as he won 90 percent of points on his first serve during his 6-3, 6-2 victory over the former world number four.
The 21-year-old Russian, who is looking for his second ATP Tour singles title following his Chengdu Open success in 2016, broke Berdych eight times in total and saved the three break points on his own serve.
He will be up against Pouille, who is looking for back-to-back titles after winning the Open Sud de France a fortnight ago.
The Frenchman was too good for qualifier Ilya Ivashka, winning 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
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Pouille, though, did make life difficult for himself as he first squandered a 3-1 lead as the Belarusian broke back for 3-3, and then he threw away three match points at 5-2 as Ivashka took it to a tie-breaker.
However, he finally sealed the deal on his fourth match point.
“I missed some match points and then it became a really tough battle,” Pouille said.
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