© Getty Images

Lucas Pouille looked flawless against Paolo Lorenzi in Budapest.

Pouille Powers Into Budapest Final

Top seed to play Bedene on Sunday

Top seed Lucas Pouille produced some of his best tennis on Saturday at the Gazprom Hungarian Open in Budapest, marching into the final with a 6-2, 7-5 win over sixth seed Paolo Lorenzi.

"I'm very happy. Paolo is a very good player, so I knew it was going to be a tough match," said Pouille. "I'm going to enjoy playing the final and hope to come out with the win tomorrow."

Awaiting Pouile in the final is Aljaz Bedene, who continued his dream run by sweeping past fellow qualifier Laslo Djere 6-2, 6-4. Pouille leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head with Bedene 1-0 after claiming victory this February in Marseille.

“The first set was very solid. I made a few more errors in the second set, but I was serving well the whole match and it helped,” said Bedene. “I was working really hard in the pre-season and staying solid, so I’m really happy with how I’m playing. It’s great to play in a final.”

Pouille advances to his fourth ATP World Tour final (1-2) and will seek his first title since prevailing last year on home soil in Metz. He has been thriving on clay this season, reaching the semi-finals last week at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Bedene is through to his second ATP World Tour final, having finished runner-up in Chennai in January 2015 (l. Wawrinka). He has been in red-hot form throughout April, winning back-to-back ATP Challenger Tour titles in Sophia Antipolis and Barletta. Including his wins in the Budapest qualifying draw, the 27-year-old Brit is riding a 16-match win streak.

You May Also Like: Thiem Topples Murray For Barcelona Final Berth

Pouille stormed to a 4-0 lead early on against Lorenzi and lost just six points on serve in taking the opening set. The Italian found his footing in the second set, but the Frenchman took the crucial break at 5-5 before holding serve to close out the contest. Pouille improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Lorenzi to 3-0, including a win last week in Monte-Carlo. All three victories have come on red clay.

Bedene also started well, dropping a mere three points in racing out a 4-0 lead in the opening set before eventually taking the early advantage. The Brit needed only a single break of serve in the second set at 3-3 to clinch the match in 77 minutes.

Despite the loss, the 22-year-old Djere, currently No. 184 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, completed a career-best week by reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final.

DOUBLES

Third seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah are through to the final after defeating Robin Haase and Dominic Inglot 6-3, 6-7, 10-3. This is the third ATP World Tour doubles final of 2017 for the Colombian Power, having won the title in Buenos Aires (d. Gonzalez/Marrero) and finished runner-up in Rio de Janeiro (l. Cuevas/Carreno Busta).

Awaiting them in the championship are third seeds Brian Baker and Nikola Mektic, who will also seek their second title together in 2017 after prevailing this February in Memphis (d. Harrison/Johnson).

More stories like this in: