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By Chris Oddo | Saturday October 21, 2017

Diego Schwartzman came to Antwerp with runner-up points to defend and the World No.26 will leave with those points in tact after a 6-3, 7-5 victory over 19-year-old qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas.

He just might add to them.

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Schwartzman improves her career-high tour-level win total to 35, more than doubling his previous career best of 17, and sets up a final with No.2-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Sunday.

Tsonga battled past Belgian Ruben Bemelmans, 6-3, 6-3, converting all four of his break points and cracking seven aces to reach his 27th career final and fourth of 2017. The Frenchman has won all three of his finals in 2017, taking titles in Rotterdam, Marseille and Lyon.


Schwartzman is into his third career final—he went 1-1 in title matches last season, taking the title in Istanbul and losing the Antwerp final to Richard Gasquet.

The 25-year-old rallied from a break down in both sets against Tsitsipas, but broke serve five times on ten opportunities to claim his victory in 86 minutes.


Schwartzman and Tsonga will battle for the first time on Sunday.

“It's going to be a really tough match for me. Tsonga is a big player, big guy. He has played in a lot of finals. He has won many titles in his career,” Schwartzman said, according to ATPWorldTour.com. “I'm going to enjoy the match here again in the final, try to win and try to play good tennis. Before I started to be a professional I saw him on TV, and now I am playing against him. It's very nice for me. I am learning a lot and playing good tennis.”

 

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