VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Joao Sousa is through to the final of the Valencia Open after beating Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6–4 6–4 Saturday.
The Portuguese broke Pospisil in the fifth game with a deep forehand return which forced the error as his opponent sent his forehand long. Sousa remained untroubled for the remainder of the set and closed it out on serve in 37 minutes.
Sousa took full control by breaking Pospisil to love at the start of the second set, and after saving two break points in the sixth game he cruised to a straight sets victory.
“I was very solid from the baseline,” Sousa said. “I know him very well and I was able to make my tactics work against him today.”
Sousa is chasing his first title of the year.