Hubert Hurkacz fought back to beat Casper Ruud 5-7 6-3 6-2 at the Canadian Open to reach the second ATP 1000 final of his career.
For a fourth consecutive match, Hurkacz won in three sets and will face Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in the final on Sunday after he overcame Britain's Dan Evans.
Hurkacz stormed ahead to race into a 3-0 lead in the first set, only for Ruud to level things up at 3-3. The pair shared the next four games, before Ruud broke him with a brilliant forehand winner and held his serve to take the opening set 7-5.
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A frustrated Hurkacz used his anger to good effect in the second set to make a breakthrough at 3-2 by breaking his opponent.
He made good use of the serve and volley to keep a tighter stronghold during his service games to see out the set 6-3 and was growing in confidence.
As he did against in his quarter-finals win against Nick Kyrgios, Hurkacz left the court for the 10 minutes at the end of the second set.
The Pole continued to produce some great tennis and fought back from 40-0 down in the opening game of the final set to break Ruud immediately, albeit with a little bit of luck as a let court made the difference.
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Hurkacz stamped his authority in the third game with another break and resisted some pressure from Ruud to win in two hours.
“I was just trying to stay in the game,” said Hurkacz after the match. “Casper was playing some incredible tennis and was the better player for a set and a half. I just fought and did my best.”
Asked if he was feeling tired after going the distance in the last four days, Hurkacz answered: “No, it’s OK. Physically, I feel good.
“I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the last weeks and so far it’s been good.”
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In the second semi-final, Britain's Evans came up just short in a tense three-set battle with Carreno Busta that the Spaniard ended up winning 7-5 6-7(7) 6-2.
It was a fine run from the Brit and he threw absolutely everything he could at his opponent, but it was not quite enough to make it through to the tournament showpiece.
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