DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Igor Andreev rattled off seven straight points to rally from a triple break point deficit late in the second set and defeat Bjorn Phau 7-6, 7-6 Saturday afternoon in the ATP Challenger Tour Dallas Tennis Classic singles semifinals.
Andreev, a 28-year old Russian who was ranked 18th in the world in 2008, will play in Sunday’s championship match at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas in Irving against Canadian Frank Dancevic.
Dancevic, fresh off a quarterfinal win over top seeded Marin Cilic on Friday, advanced to the finals without lifting a racquet on Saturday. His opponent, Tommy Haas, once the world’s 2nd ranked player, had to withdraw from the tournament with a stiff back just moments prior to the start of their scheduled semifinal match.
Andreev will face Dancevic for the $18,000 top prize at 1:00 p.m Sunday in the Dallas Tennis Classic championship singles final that will be televised live on TXA 21.
The doubles title match pitting Americans Bobby Reynolds and Michael Russell versus top seeded Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Scott Lipsky of the United States will also air on TXA 21’s live telecast.