Tomic makes final breakthrough
Australia's Bernard Tomic reached his first ATP final after beating Italian third seed Andreas Seppi at the Sydney International.
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Twenty-year-old Tomic, who remains undefeated in 2013, saved all six break points he faced to win 7-6 (12/10) 6-4 in one hour and 26 minutes at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Seppi fired 12 aces and won 75% of points on his first serve, but was unable to hold on as Tomic converted his only break point of the match to take a 5-4 lead in the second set.
"I've been playing great tennis, and now I'm one match away to win the tournament and my first ever title," said Tomic.
"It's going to be a big match. You know, I'm grateful for this opportunity. I think I've got a good shot to win it."
Tomic will meet world number 36 Kevin Anderson in Saturday's final after the heavy-serving South African saved two match points to battle past Frenchman Julien Benneteau 3-6 6-4 7-6 (10/8) earlier in the day.
Anderson finally prevailed in two hours and 23 minutes after a tight final set that saw both men claim one break apiece, and in a reflection of how close the match was, Benneteau actually won more points - 107 to 106.
Tomic, who defeated Novak Djokovic, Tommy Haas and Seppi at the Hopman Cup in Perth, has also accounted for Marinko Matosevic, Florian Mayer and Jarkko Nieminen in Sydney, as his preparations continue for the Australian Open.