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Former Champ Querrey Faces Berankis In LA Final

Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Berankis © Getty ImagesRicardas Berankis is the first Lithuanian-born player to reach an ATP World Tour final.

Second seed Sam Querrey extended his Farmers Classic winning streak to 12 matches with a 6-3, 7-6(4) victory in his all-American semi-final clash against World No. 117 Rajeev Ram in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Former champion Querrey, winner in 2009-10, won 83 per cent of first service points and hit 11 aces past unseeded Ram to progress in one hour and 36 minutes.

Extending his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Ram to 3-1, having scored victories at Indianapolis 2009 and Memphis 2010, World No. 57 Querrey remains in contention for his seventh ATP World Tour title.

The 24-year-old Southern California native now faces Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis in the first meeting between the pair.

Former junior World No. 1 Berankis, making his comeback from injury, advanced to his first ATP World Tour final with a 7-5, 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Australian Marinko Matosevic.

The 22-year-old qualifier did not face a break point on serve during the 70-minute match, and broke Matosevic four times from nine opportunities to improve to a 2-1 record against the Australian.

Prior to qualifying for the BB&T Atlanta Open last week, the Lithuanian had not played a tour-level match since his loss to Matosevic in the first round of the Citi Open on 1 August, 2011. He had been sidelined with a pelvis stress fracture for four months, and went 0-3 in ATP matches on his return in July 2011 before following with solid results on the ATP Challenger circuit.

Berankis will be looking to become the first player to win a maiden ATP World Tour title this season, with first-time title hopefuls going 0-10 in title matches in 2012.

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