Jan-Lennard Struff will aim for the first title of his career on the comfortable setting of home clay after a Saturday win in Munich.
The German seventh seed, ranked 44th will be playing his first ATP final on Sunday, taking on Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Struff earned the chance of his career through a defeat of Ilya Ivashka 6-4, 6-1 a day after the 107th-ranked Belarus qualifier stunned top seed Alexander Zverev.
“I’m happy to have reached my first final on home soil in Germany and I will try my best tomorrow,” Struff, 31, said.
Basilashvili had to complete a rain-interrupted Friday quarter-final a day late against Slovak Norbert Gombos before taking out second seed Casper Ruud of Norway 6-1, 6-2 in 72 minutes.
The finalists stand level at 2-all in their series.
Basilashvili swept nine consecutive games early in the first set against Ruud, playing a 10th career semi. The Norwegian now stands 12-5 on the season.
“I am feeling good and I am feeling fresh,” said Basilashvili. “I’m looking forward to the final.
“I feel confident here and the court suits me, so it will be an interesting match tomorrow as we played recently in Italy.(quarter-final won by the Georgian).”
Main photo:- Jan-Lennard Struff into Munich final – by ATPTour.com