Kevin Anderson came back to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 on Friday and advance to the Mexican Open.
The fifth-seeded South African, runner up last week at Delray Beach, will be playing in back-to-back finals for the first time in his career. Ranked 21st, Anderson will face the winner of the other semi-final between Andy Murray and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.
Dolgopolov lost to Rafael Nadal in the Rio de Janeiro Open final last week.
Anderson downed Frenchman Stephane Robertson and American Sam Querrey on his way to the to Mexican Open quarter-finals, where his opponent, David Ferrer, retired with a left-leg injury.
On the women’s side, top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova reached her first final since the Australian Open after Zhang Shuai retired with a right bicep injury.
Cibulkova, 13th in the WTA rankings, was leading 4-2 in the first set when her Chinese opponent decided to quit.
“This is awesome, I came to Mexico looking for a couple of victories to get back on track, and I will be playing for a title,” Cibulkova said.
The Slovakian was beaten by Li Na in the Australian Open final.
Cibulkova is to play the winner of the later semi-final between Christina McHale and Caroline Garcia.