Basilashvili reaches Memphis final winning in straight sets


Published 7:28 p.m. ET Feb. 18, 2017 | Updated 18 minutes ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia beat Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Saturday in the Memphis Open semifinals to reach his second career final.

Basilashvili, 24, will play Donald Young or Ryan Harrison on Sunday at The Racquet Club.

The man trying to be the first from Georgia to win an ATP World Tour title needed 1 hour, 46 minutes to reach his first final since 2016 Kitzbuehel, and he advanced by attacking Kukushkin’s serve and eventually wearing him down in a match where he had 14 break points. Basilashvili said he was surprised he did not lose focus during the missed opportunities.

“I had a lot and could not execute,” Basilashvili said. “I was just waiting my moment. On the set point, I just played really good.”

Kukushkin broke Basilashvili’s serve to go up 2-0 only to be broken himself. Basilashvili took the first set in the…

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