Sugita Reaches First Final In Antalya
Sugita advanced to his first ATP World Tour final after overcoming Marcos Baghdatis. The 28-year-old Japanese player was leading Baghdatis 6-3, 6-7(7), 4-1 when the Cypriot retired due to dehydration after two hours and 18 minutes of play. Baghdatis, who has now recovered, will later today travel to London for The Championships at Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.
Having already reached a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 64 earlier this month, Sugita will move well inside the Top 60 when the new rankings are released on Monday. He has excelled on the ATP Challenger Tour this year, winning titles in Yokohama, Shenzhen and Surbiton.
Awaiting Sugita in the final is Adrian Mannarino, who defeated Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4. Mannarino needed six set points to secure the opening set and rallied from an early break down in the second set against the determined Italian.
The 29 year old Frenchman is through to his first ATP World Tour final since Bogota in 2015. He’s reached the Round of 16 this year at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Monte-Carlo and Miami, in addition to winning two ATP Challenger Tour in Noumea and Quimper.
Saturday's final will be the first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting between Mannarino and Sugita.