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ATP roundup: Frances Tiafoe beats Sebastian Korda to reach Estoril final

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Mar 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Frances Tiafoe (USA) hits a forehand against Brandon Nakashima (USA) (not pictured) in a second round men's singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Frances Tiafoe saved three match points in the second set and controlled the third while rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over Sebastian Korda in an All-American semifinal match at the Millennium Estoril Open on Saturday in Estoril, Portugal.

Overall, the fifth-seeded Tiafoe saved nine of 14 break points while defeating the eighth-seeded Korda in two hours, 55 minutes.

Tiafoe’s opponent in the finale will be Argentina’s Sebastian Baez, who recorded a 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-0 win over sixth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.

After losing the second-set tiebreaker, Baez dominated the third set. He didn’t lose a point in the opening game and equaled that feat while winning the final game to end the match.

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Danish wild card Holger Rune converted 77.1 percent of his first-serve points while posting a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Germany’s Oscar Otte in Munich.

The victory allowed Rune, who turned 19 Friday, to reach an ATP final for the first time. He will face eighth-seeded Botic van de Zandschulp, who registered a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over seventh-seeded Serb Miomir Kecmanovic.

From the Netherlands, van de Zandschulp, overcame five double faults to earn the victory. The match took two hours, 52 minutes.

–Field Level Media