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Somdev Devvarman© Reg CaldecottSomdev Devvarman will bid for his first ATP World Tour title.

Fourth seed and Johannesburg native Kevin Anderson came from a set down to reach the final of his hometown tournament on Saturday as he defeated sixth seed Adrian Mannarino 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-4 in the SA Tennis Open semi-finals.

The 6’8 Anderson fired 19 aces as he fought past his French opponent to reach an ATP World Tour final for the second time. The 24 year old led 4-1 in the first set, but relinquished his lead as the No. 67-ranked Mannarino hit back to take the opener on a tie-break. Anderson recovered well, though, breaking serve three times to clinch a bagel second set before breaking through in the fifth game of the third set to seal victory in just over two hours.

World No. 59 Anderson reached his maiden ATP World Tour final in Las Vegas three years ago, when he finished runner-up to Sam Querrey in three sets. He is bidding to become the first South African to win an ATP World Tour title since Wesley Moodie triumphed at Tokyo in 2005.

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Indian Somdev Devvarman prevented the first-ever all-South African final on the ATP World Tour as he ended South African wild card Izak Van der Merwe’s dream with a 6-2, 6-4 victory. In an all-unseeded semi-final, Devvarman broke serve three times from nine opportunities and only lost 11 points on serve as he wrapped up victory in 87 minutes.

The 25-year-old Devvarman, who celebrates his birthday next week, is through to the final in Johannesburg for the loss of just one set. He will look to win his maiden ATP World Tour title after finishing runner-up to Marin Cilic in his first final in Chennai two years ago. 

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