Istanbul: Roger Federer was forced to fight back from a first set scare to overcome Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and reach the final of the inaugural BNP Paribas Istanbul Open.
The Swiss superstar was broken twice by Schwartzman in the opener and failed to fashion a single break point opportunity against the impressive World No 63.
But Federer drew on all his experience to break the Argentinian twice in the second set and pave the way for a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win and a place in his 128th career final.
Federer will face Pablo Cuevas in the final today after the third-seeded Uruguayan pulled off a minor upset to beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4.
Cuevas seized the upper hand in a shaky first set which saw six breaks of serve, the 29-year-old claiming four of those breaks to move in front.
But the second set was a different matter as Cuevas took advantage of the solitary break point opportunity to earn a shot at his second ATP Tour title of the year after previous success in Sao Paulo.