All-Austrian final in Vienna

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VIENNA -- Austrians Jurgen Melzer and Andreas Haider-Maurer thrilled the home crowd with semifinal wins Saturday and will meet for the title at the Bank Austria Tennis Trophy tournament.

Melzer, the top seed and defending champ, posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over third- seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain in the first semifinal before the virtually unknown Haider-Maurer outlasted Germany's Michael Berrer, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, in the second.

Sunday will mark the first all-Austrian final in this tournament since 1988 when Horst Skoff beat Thomas Muster.

Muster was Haider-Maurer's first victim this week, as the 43-year-old former French Open champ was given a wild card entry and played his first ATP-level match in 11 years on Tuesday. Haider-Maurer came away with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory, a springboard that sent him on the way to his first ATP final.

The 157th-ranked Haider-Maurer was a lucky loser in qualifying and only gained entry into the main draw this week when Latvia's Ernests Gulbis withdrew. He has taken full advantage and is the first lucky loser to reach a final on Tour this year.

Melzer, meanwhile, will appear in his second final of 2010. He lost to Andrey Golubev in Hamburg back in July and owns a career mark of just 2-7 in title matches.

The 12th-ranked Vienna native hasn't won a title since capturing this event last year. His only other ATP singles crown came at Bucharest in 2006.

It's been a solid year for the 29-year-old Melzer, who reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open and followed it up with career-best fourth- round results at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He lost to eventual champ Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros and fell to Federer at the All England Club and Flushing Meadows.

Melzer and the 23-year-old Haider-Maurer will meet for the first time on Sunday.


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