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Lorenzi Reaches First Final In Sao Paulo

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Lorenzi© Inovafoto/Brasil Open 2014Paolo Lorenzi is through to his first ATP World Tour final.

World No. 114 Paolo Lorenzi reached his first ATP World Tour final on Saturday at the Brasil Open 2014 in Sao Paulo. The Italian was leading Tommy Haas 6-3, 3-2, when the German was forced to retire with a right shoulder injury.

"First of all I would like to say that I'm sad for Tommy. I hope he didn't hurt anything important and that he can play Indian Wells," said Lorenzi. "Second, I'm very happy because at 32 years old I'm playing my first final, and it's in Brazil, which is one of my favourite countries. I'm very happy to be able to play here tomorrow."

“I was playing pretty good tennis here and maybe had the chance to get to another final,” Haas said. “It’s always disappointing when you know that you have an injury, you cannot play the way you want. It’s unfortunate. I hate retiring in matches.”

Lorenzi had ousted fourth seed Juan Monaco to reach his first ATP World Tour semi-final. He is coming off a career-best 2013 season, which saw him record double-digit wins (13) for the first time in his career and break the Top 50 for the first time (March 4 at No. 49).

The 32 year old will face Federico Delbonis in the final.

Delbonis defeated home favourite and 2009 runner-up Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 in Saturday's second semi-final. The Argentine, who upset three-time titlist Nicolas Almagro (2008, 2011-12) in the second round, will be contesting his second ATP World Tour final in seven months after finishing runner-up in Hamburg (l. to Fognini) last July.

Delbonis fired eight aces and won 69 per cent of points on his second serve to prevail in two hours and nine minutes. He saved both break points faced, converting on three of seven of his own.

"In the third set I relaxed and played better," said Delbonis. "I took my chances and had the advantage after getting the break. I knew I needed to do more (after the second set). I had to calm myself and focus on what I was doing right in the first set."

Sunday's final will be the first FedEx ATP Head2Head tour-level meeting between Delbonis and Lorenzi. The Italian won all three encounters on the ATP Challenger Tour, in 2010 and 2011.

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