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Bachinger upsets Nishikori to meet Simon in Metz final

September 22, 2018

METZ, France (AP) — Qualifier Matthias Bachinger of Germany rallied past second-seeded Kei Nishikori to reach his first ATP final at the Moselle Open on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Bachinger won 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 at the indoor tournament and will next take on two-time champion Gilles Simon, who eased past Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-1.

“This has been my biggest success in my career. Kei is such a great player,” Bachinger said.

The German veteran trailed 3-4, 0-40 in the third set but won five straight points to hold his serve, and made the decisive break in the 12th game.

The 166th-ranked Bachinger is guaranteed to move up more than 30 spots in the ATP rankings.

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