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Ruud and Garin to clash in Houston tennis final

AFP  |  Houston 

punched his ticket to the US Men's Championship final, holding off a stiff challenge from to win their semi-final match 7-5, 6-2.

Ruud, 20, is seeking to become the first Norwegian to win an title and will take on of in Sunday's final.

Ruud's father, Christian, was the from to reach an finishing runner-up in 1995 at Bastad, competed on the Tour for a decade.

"It's an amazing feeling to be in your first final. It's what we work hard for," said Ruud. "But even though it's been an amazing week, I'm hungry to win the last match."

The 22-year-old Garin defeated of the US 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 in the other semi-final on Saturday.

Ruud had to battle back from an 2-5 deficit in the opening set to dispatch the Colombian Galan.

Galan finished his rain-delayed quarter-final earlier in the day over seventh seed of Australia, winning 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Ruud has been impressive on clay this season. He reached the quarter-finals in February at the Rio Open and then advanced to the semi-finals at

Garin is also looking for his first ATP title after advancing to his second final of the season.

Garin won their only previous career meeting last month.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 14:10 IST