(Reuters) – Top-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire rallied from a set down to beat American Steve Johnson 1-6 6-0 6-0 in the semi-final of the Winston-Salem Open on Friday.
It was a busy day for Paire, who earlier staved off Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta to win their quarter-final match in the rain-delayed tournament.
The quarter-finals had been washed out on Thursday, forcing two rounds to be played on Friday.
In the final, Paire will face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, who topped 20-year-old qualifier Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4.
Paire won 76% of his first-serve points and fought off six break points to advance.
“First set I was not feeling very well, and Stevie was playing good. It was not easy,” Paire told reporters. “But after I started feeling better, I served better.
“So it was important for me to stay with myself. I was moving really well. I’m really happy with my win today.”
Hurkacz, who will play in his first ATP Tour final, earned a crucial break at 4-4 in the second set…
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