September 24, 2016

METZ, France (AP) Top-seeded Dominic Thiem rallied past local favorite Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the Moselle Open final on Saturday.

The 10th-ranked Austrian player, who remains on course to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals for the first time, hit 10 aces and won 76 percent of his first-serve points to prevail.

The fourth-seeded Simon was up a break at 5-4 in the second set but could not seize his chance to serve out the match.

In the final, Thiem will face either Frenchman Lucas Pouille or Belgium's David Goffin.

Thiem sits in seventh position in the race for the ATP Finals, which will be in London in November, with five of the eight slots for the year-end tournament still up for grabs.

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