's-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) — Third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain emerged victorious from a marathon day at the grass-court Topshelf Open, advancing to the final with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Juergen Melzer of Austria.
Both players played twice Friday, finishing quarterfinals that had been suspended because of rain and darkness.
Bautista Agut will play for his second ATP title after losing to Janko Tipsarevic in Chennai in 2013. He faces Benjamin Becker of Germany in the final.
Becker, the 2009 tournament champion, served up 13 aces and beat Joao Sousa 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the other men's semifinal.
"I like to play on grass and I don't know why but I often play my best tennis at this tournament," Becker was quoted saying on the ATP's website.
The 8th-seeded Melzer broke Bautista Agut's service game to open the match and coasted through the first set. But in the second set it was Bautista Agut's turn to dominate the rallies.
In the decider Bautista Agut surrendered his serve in the fourth game and threw his racket to the grass in disgust.
After regrouping, he broke Melzer back in the following game, and went on to take the tiebreaker.
In the women's tournament, Zheng Jie of China reached her first WTA final in 2 1/2 years when she beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-3.
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