Tennis: Roberto Bautista Agut will face Janko Tipsarevic in the final of the Chennai Open
Last Updated: 05/01/13 7:42pm
Janko Tipsarevic will face unseeded Roberto Bautista Agut in Sunday's final
Unseeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain will face World number nine Janko Tipsarevic in the final of the ATP Chennai Open as both players came through tough semi-finals.
The 80th-ranked Agut, who knocked out top seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals, entered his maiden tour final after coming through a thriller against Frenchman Benoit Paire 3-6 6-1 6-4.
Meanwhile, Serbia's Tipsarevic fought back after losing the first set to defeat 23-year-old Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 4-6 6-2 6-2 in a contest that lasted just over two hours.
Tipsarevic, a losing finalist last year against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, stayed on course to win his first title in his fifth appearance in the southern Indian city.
"I knew I was playing well, but after a good start I took two steps backwards and just started pushing the ball," Tipsarevic said after losing the opening set.
"I think I played some of my best tennis in the next two sets and look forward to continue the same way in the final.
"I will be the favourite tomorrow, but I know my opponent will be motivated to win his first final, so I cannot afford to be complacent."