February 24, 2018 / 7:55 PM / 6 months ago

Tennis: Khachanov outplays Berdych to reach Marseille final

(Reuters) - Russian Karen Khachanov outplayed Czech Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2 to reach the Marseille Open final on Saturday, setting up a title showdown with Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2018. Karen Khachanov of Russia hits a shot against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

World number 47 Khachanov was impeccable on serve, saving the meager three break points Berdych had throughout the duel.

The 21-year-old has now beaten former world number four Berdych in both their meetings having also prevailed at last year’s French Open.

Pouille reached his second final of the season after a 6-3 7-6(6) defeat of Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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