Fifth seed Bernard Tomic came from behind to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 and advance to the final of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.
Tomic, who hadn’t beaten Dolgopolov since the 2012 Australian Open, looked on track for a quick exit after the Ukrainian broke him three times and clinched the first set with no problems whatsoever.
However, after Tomic and Dolgopolov held serve for the first eight games of the second set, the Australian launched his comeback by breaking Dolgopolov in the ninth game before going on to claim the second set and keep his hopes of reaching the final alive.
Tomic and Dolgopolov broke each other right off the bat in the third set before Tomic edged ahead 3-2 when he broke Dolgopolov in the fifth game. The Ukrainian’s resistance dwindled after that and Tomic finished him off by breaking him in the ninth game.
Tomic will face Dominic Thiem in his first ATP World Tour 500 final after the Austrian made light work of Sam Querrey, winning 6-2, 6-2.
The fourth-seeded Thiem gained the ascendancy in the opener when he broke serve in the first game, and then consolidated his advantage with another unanswered break in the seventh game.
The second set followed much the same pattern, as Thiem once again broke Querrey in the opener.
A second of break followed in the fifth game and Thiem served out the remainder of the set without incident.