Del Potro, Tomic facing off in Sydney International men's final
SYDNEY (AP) -- Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro will meet reigning champion Bernard Tomic in the final of the Sydney International.
The 2009 U.S. Open champion had 6-4, 6-2 semifinal win Friday over fourth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov. Tomic had a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky, who produced one of the upsets of 2013 to beat Roger Federer in the second round at Wimbledon.
Tomic's win came only hours after he was drawn to face No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal in a daunting first-round match next week at the Australian Open.
The 21-year-old Australian raced to a 4-1 lead in the first set but Stakhovsky broke back and rallied to win it in a tiebreaker.
Tomic broke the No. 101-ranked Stakhovsky in the 11th game of the second set and leveled the match on his fourth set point.
He got the decisive break in the seventh game of the deciding set, and then broke his Ukraine rival's serve again in the ninth to win on his third match point.
''I was very happy to get out of this match - he should have won,'' Tomic said, adding that he'd have to improve vastly to have any chance of winning the final against del Potro, who beat him in straight sets in their only previous meeting.
Del Potro, who is also in Nadal's quarter of the draw at Melbourne Park, on Friday said he was only concerned about the Sydney final for now.
''I'm trying to be professional. This tournament is not over yet for me,'' he said. ''My team already knows they're not allowed to talk about Melbourne yet. My friends, too.''
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