John Millman scored his second straight win from a set down denying Frances Tiafoe 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final of Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan.
Millman, who saved two match points in a win over Tommy Paul in the Friday quarterfinals, overcame a 3-0 hole in the third to the man he lost to at the US Open.
“I definitely didn’t want to play three sets. I was pretty tired after yesterday’s match. It was tough out there today with really physical tennis,” said Millman. “Frances is a top player. He is obviously so dangerous.”
Millman will seeking his first ATP title against Adrian Mannarino.
The Frenchman rolled past the young qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori 7-5, 6-2. Millman leads Mannarino 2-0.
”It is so hard to make finals in ATP events,” said Millman who lost his first two ATP finals. “It has been a really unexpected surprise, but in every tournament you go out there to hopefully try and win it. I am glad I am in a position to.
”Adrian Mannarino is an established Top 100 player,” he said. “He is very comfortable on these courts.”
The third-seeded Mannarino didn’t drop a set en route to the final, though Millman will be his first opponent ranked inside the Top 90.
The 23-year-old Mannarino is into his 10th career ATP final, seeking just a second title.
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