Stakhovsky, Istomin in final

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Ninth-seeded Sergiy Stakhovsky was an easy semifinal winner while 15th-seeded Denis Istomin battled to a three-set win Friday to reach the final at the $750,000 Pilot Pen Tennis event, a final hardcourt U.S. Open tune-up.

The Ukrainian Stakhovsky handled 12th-seeded Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 6-3, 6-4. De Bakker was unable to break Stakhovsky's formidable serve on Day 6 here.

Istomin of Uzbekistan persevered for a 7-6 (12-10), 3-6, 6-2 triumph over 10th-seeded Serb Viktor Troicki at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

The 24-year-old 6-foot-4 Stakhovsky, who upended top-seeded Marcos Baghdatis here on Thursday, will appear in his fourth career final, including his second of 2010. He titled in Den Bosch earlier this season and has yet to lose in a title tilt in his career (3-0).

The 23-year-old Istomin saved four match points to down Teymuraz Gabashvili in the quarterfinals and will appear in his first career final.

The two finalists have never met before in ATP Tour play.

The 2010 Pilot Pen champion will collect $93,630.


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