Third-seeded Sam Querrey cruised into the Indianapolis Championships final with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Canada’s Frank Dancevic on Saturday.
Querrey will face fellow American Robby Ginepri for the title. Ginepri beat John Isner 6-4, 6-3 in Saturday’s other semi-final.
“I’ve trained 150 times with each of those guys, but we’ve never played a [ATP] Tour match,” Querrey told reporters. “I’ve had three semi-finals here and now I’ve finally gone past that. I feel great, I’ve really improved my movement a lot from last season, that is key.”
The world No. 37 also made last week’s final at Newport, Rhode Island, losing to Rajeev Ram.
“Hopefully, I get a win this time,” said Querrey, whose only ATP title came at Las Vegas last year. “It’s been a good two or three weeks.”
Querrey led the second set 4-0 before being broken twice by Dancevic, who beat top seed Dmitry Tursunov of Russia in the quarter-finals.
Ginepri saved all five break points he faced while breaking Isner twice.
“I had a lot of ups and downs in the past years,” Ginepri said. “I am still trying to find the form from 2005, but reaching the final here is very encouraging. I am still not as sharp as 2005, but I’m improving. I am serving really well and this is probably what got me to the final this week.”
Ginepri did not play on the ATP Tour from mid February to mid May after he was hospitalized for nine days in March with appendicitis. He lost 13.5kg during that time.
A two-time ATP winner, his last title came in 2005 when he defeated Andy Roddick in Indianapolis. He reached a career high ranking of No. 15 at the end of 2005.
REUTERS, HAMBURG, GERMANY
Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu beat Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 at the German Open on Saturday to reach his first final of the season.
The world No. 39, who raced back from a set and a break down, will play Russian Nikolay Davydenko, who edged past Spaniard David Ferrer 7-5, 7-6.
The 23-year-old Cuevas initially pummeled Mathieu with his lethal topspin backhand, grabbing an early break to lead 4-2, before clinching the first set.
The world No. 107 got another break in the first game of the second set, but the 27-year-old Mathieu was in no mood to surrender, winning four consecutive games to level the match.
Heavy rain suspended play for some 40 minutes as the retractable roof started to leak, before 13th seed Mathieu raced to a 5-1 lead in the final set.
He survived a stirring comeback from surprise semi-finalist Cuevas, who leveled at 5-5, before breaking him again and serving out the match after almost three hours.
Ferrer, also looking for his first title of the season, broke the Russian world No. 12 twice to go up 5-3, before Davydenko battled back to earn a break. He then held serve to level at 5-5, before clinching the set.
Davydenko, who has missed much of this season with a heel injury, and world No. 23 Ferrer traded early breaks in the second, before the Spaniard again went a break up.
Ferrer, a losing finalist in Barcelona and Dubai this year, went 5-3 up, but Davydenko broke back and then leveled.
Two audacious cross-court drop-shots gave the Russian a 4-0 lead in the tie break, which he won on his first match point.
AP, BAD GASTEIN, AUSTRIA
Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania and Andrea Petkovic of Germany both reached their first career WTA Tour final on Saturday at the Nuernberger Gastein Ladies.