Aussie battler sets sights on first ATP title
TENNIS: Australian Matthew Ebden has charged into his maiden ATP World Tour final, posting his sixth victory in succession to reach the Newport championship match.
Sidelined last season with an injured left knee, Ebden trounced Germany's 131st-ranked Peter Gojowczyk 6-3 6-3 to earn a shot at top seed John Isner.
Ranked 248th in the world, Edbden is the lowest-ranked finalist on the ATP Tour this season.
Isner will chase his third Hall of Fame crown and 11th career title after destroying fellow American Bjorn Fratangelo 6-2 6-4.
Ebden will return to the top 150 after emerging from qualifying and then winning four main draw matches in four days.
"This is pretty cool,” Ebden said. "I can't believe it. I'm obviously very happy. Definitely couldn't be happier, not only winning but getting lots of matches.”
The West Australian broke Gojowczyk five times and sealed victory on his second match point when the German smacked a backhand wide.
A left knee injury led to a long 2016 layoff for Ebden, ironically revitalising his game once healthy.
"That helped me turn a corner mentally and just enjoy myself,” Ebden said.