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Tipsarevic Beats Bedene For Another Shot At Chennai Title; Faces Agut

Chennai, India

Tipsarevic© AFP/Getty ImagesJanko Tipsarevic has a 3-7 record in ATP World Tour finals.

Janko Tipsarevic has earned another shot at winning the Aircel Chennai Open title after reaching the final for the second straight year.

The second seed, which finished runner-up to Milos Raonic in a memorable final last year, knocked out Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours and six minutes in Saturday’s first semi-final.

Tipsarevic, 28, is through to his 11th ATP World Tour final (3-7 overall).

"I started the match pretty well and I had my chances every service game, but for some reason in the first set I took two steps back and started to push the ball into the court," said Tipsarevic. "It allowed him to run around to hit his forehand and this is the reason why he won the first. I felt he lost focus at the beginning of the second set, but I was playing closer to the baseline and giving him less time. I saved two break points at 4-2 in the third set, if he had taken those points it would have been closer."

Prior to his week, 23-year-old Bedene’s best performance came at the 2012 Erste Bank Open in Vienna, when he lost to Tipsarevic in the quarter-finals. "I think he is on the rise and he’ll be a Top 50 player quite soon. He has proved that this week. He will be a dangerous competitor."

Tipsarevic will meet first-time ATP World Tour finalist Roberto Bautista Agut for the title on Sunday. Agut battled back to defeat fifth-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 54 minutes. The Spaniard withstood 15 aces from Paire and converted four of his nine break point chances. Agut's victory followed his ousting of World No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.

In semi-final doubles action, Paire regrouped to team up with Stanislas Wawrinka for a 6-7(9), 6-4, 10-8 victory over Raven Klaasen and Nicholas Monroe. For the title, they will take on Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich. The Germans defeated twins Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana 7-6(3), 6-4.

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