Andy Murray ignored 20 aces from US giant Reilly Opelka at the ATP event in Sydney on Friday to reach his third final in the last five years.
The former No 1 produced a 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-4 defeat of the big man and will play for his first title since Antwerp, 2019, and his second since Dubai nearly half a decade ago.
Opelka anaged 20 aes but Murray was barely behind on 16 and saving the only break point he faced.
Murray is one win away from a 47th career title.
“You can’t really prepare for it, to be honest, you just have to try and adjust while you’re out there,” Murray said.
“I chose to block quite a few returns, to get lots in play today, which worked pretty well. It’s tough but returning has always been one of the strongest parts of my game, and I used it well today.”
Opelka grabbed a 5-1 margin in the first-set tiebreaker before Murray began to reverse the momentum in the second set.