Stefanos Tsitsipas reached his third clay final of the spring on Saturday, staging a fightback to overcome Italian Lorenzo Musetti 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the ATP Lyon event.
The Monte Carlo champion and Barcelona finalist won his 32nd match of the season to take the Tour lead in that statistical category.
Second seed Tsitsipas duplicated his semi-final win over his 18-year-old opponent from last March in Acapulco.
The Italian teenager broke once to earn the opening set before Tsitsipas changed course to start his comeback effort in the battle lasting an hour and three-quarters.
“I had to stay calm,” the winner said “It was difficult to be a set down and have to kind of refresh myself and come back fresh in the second set.
“He was making me work for every single point – it wasn’t easy.”
The fifth-ranked Tsitsipas will be bidding for a seventh career trophy on Sunday,
“It was important I had a match like this,” Tsitsipas said. “It makes me stay humble and focus on some detailed things I can potentially improve and get better at on clay.”
Tsitsipas will face off on Sunday in the final against Brit Cam Norrie, who won two matches on the day to get to the title match.
The No. 49 finished off a rain-interrupted quarter-final, defeating Frenchman Arthur Rinderknach 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 before hammering Russian no. 26 Karen Khachanov 6-1, 6-1 in 67 minutes.
Norrie also played the Estoril final earlier this month and is still chasing a first career title.
The Briton broke the former Top 10 Russian five times in the demolition.