Dominic Thiem, David Goffin to play for bet-at-home crown

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Kitzbühel, Austria (4E Sports) – Dominic Thiem and wild card David Goffin will play for the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel title after beating their respective semifinal rivals Friday.

Thiem, who will attempt to become the event’s first Austrian champion since Thomas Muster in 1993, and Goffin will be contesting their first ATP World Tour title Saturday.

Thiem won 82 percent of his service points and hit six aces en route to a 6-3, 6-1 win over 2007 winner Juan Monaco in 59 minutes.

Goffin fired eight aces to defeat qualifier Maximo Gonzalez 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 23 minutes for his 19th straight match win since losing to Andy Murray in the Wimbledon first round.

“I didn’t expect to be in the final this week, 19 victories in a row is unbelievable,” said Goffin. “After the third Challenger in Tampere, I was a little bit tired, but I played with confidence.”

Goffin beat Thiem 6-4, 6-2 in their lone ATP clash at the Aegon Championships in June. The Belgian also won their Abierto Mexicano Telcel qualifying match in February.

Meanwhile, American Donald Young is one victory away from his second ATP World Tour final after a 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 win over world No. 21 Kevin Anderson at the Citi Open tennis event.

Young’s last win over a Top 25 player came in January in the second round of the Australian Open, where he defeated World No. 25 Andreas Seppi. Young next faces the winner of fellow American Steve Johnson and Canadian Milos Raonic.

On the women’s side, Svetlana Kuznetsova received a walkover into the semifinals after Vania King pulled out due to a hip injury.

Kuznetsova will face either second-seeded Ekaterina Makarova or fifth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Saturday.

Marina Erakovic defeated Bojana Jovanovski, 6-4, 6-4, to seal a semifinal clash with Kurumi Nara, who downed Kristina Mladenovic, 6-3, 6-1.

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