Fernando Verdasco to take on Diego Schwartzman in Rio Open final

Veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco will face Diego Schwartzman in the final of the Rio Open on Sunday night – live on Sky Sports Arena.

Verdasco defeated Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5 in the semi-finals, while Schwartzman beat Nicolas Jarry 7-5 6-2 in the clay-court event at Jockey Club Brasileiro.

The results mean the tournament will have a new winner and give either Schwartzman or Verdasco their first ATP Tour title in more than a year.

The pair have met once before, with the Argentinian winning in Nice two years ago.

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Meanwhile in Florida, the Delray Beach Open final will see wildcard Frances Tiafoe play Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk.

Wildcard Tiafoe beat Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-4, while Gojowczyk got the better of Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in the last four.

Home favourite Lucas Pouille will play Karen Khachanov in Sunday’s Open 13 Provence final in Marseille after beating qualifier Ilya Ivashka.

Third-seed Pouille, world No 16, held his nerve in a close-fought second-set tie-break against the Belarusian to win his semi-final 6-3 7-6 (8-6) in one hour and 25 minutes.

The 24-year-old is bidding to become the eighth French winner of the tournament in 13 years.

Khachanov, 21, had earlier upset fourth-seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets, 6-3 6-2, to reach his second ATP World Tour final.

The 21-year-old Russian has maintained top form throughout the tournament, breaking Czech No 1 Berdych twice in the opening set and three times in the second.

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