Austria’s Dominic Thiem will face Germany’s Phillip Kolhschreiber in the final of the BMW Open after successfully negotiating their respective semi-finals.
Thiem achieved a surprising record with his 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Alexander Zverev, surpassing Novak Djokovic for most wins on tour this year.
It was his 29th ATP singles win of 2016, a testament to his remarkable consistency.
Thiem converted five of 11 break points, and did just about enough to fend off a spirited challenged from Zverev, who managed to break serve three times himself during the two-hour encounter.
The Austrian will now have a chance to pick up his 30th win – and third title – of the season on Sunday when he faces Kohlschreiber, who was a convincing 6-1, 6-4 winner over Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
The German broke serve twice in the first set and then once again in the second, saving all three break points he faced in the sixth game of the second set.