Paul reaches first ATP final in Stockholm

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Final push: Tommy Paul reacts as he defeats fellow American, Frances Tiafoe (AFP/Jonathan NACKSTRAND)

Tommy Paul of the United States reached his first career ATP Tour final on Friday with a tough three-set victory over compatriot Frances Tiafoe at the Stockholm Open.

Paul, ranked 52 in the world, had knocked out three-time major winner Andy Murray on Thursday.

He took that form into his semi-final against eighth-seeded Tiafoe to win 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

In Saturday's final, Paul will face third seed and defending champion Denis Shapovalov who defeated fellow Canadian and second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5.

"I haven't got a win over Frances since juniors, so that was a big win for me," said Paul.

"That was the best level I've played all year long. He was playing amazing tennis for the first two sets, and I played my highest level in the third set."

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