Russian Andrey Rublev will be out for revenge when he plays Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz for a place in the Miami Masters final.
The pair have met only once before, with Kurkacz pulling out a three-set win last spring in Rome.
But since then the eighth-ranked Rublev has exploded into form, cracked the Top 10 and picked up five more titles to run his career total to nine and counting.
Rublev reached the semis with a 7-5, 7-6(7) defeat of Seb Korda while Hurkacz beat second seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in a three-set comeback.
Rublev, only Top 10 player remaining in a field which made a handicapped start without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, senses he has a sniff at a possible first Masters 1000 honour after winning four 500s in five months.
.But: one thing at a time.
“I mean, how tough is Hurkacz,” the Russian said. “He beat me last year. It’s more about that maybe I feel extra pressure.
“I’m the one left at Top 10, in the end, everyone can win (the title) now. All are playing so good tennis.
“We’ll see what’s gonna happen. I’m gonna do my best. And that’s it. I cannot say much.
“In the end, what’s gonna happen (is) gonna happen. If I manage to win tomorrow, it’s perfect. If not, then it’s because Hurkacz is better than me.”