The Winston-Salem Open will produce a first-time ATP Tour winner as Mikael Ymer and Ilya Ivashka each advanced to their first Tour-level final Friday.
Ymer upset the only player among the four semi-finalists who previously had reached a final, 15th seed Carlos Alcaraz, by a score of 7-5 6-3 as he contested his first ATP semi-final at the North Carolina event.
The 22-year-old Swede, ranked number 90 in the world, knocked off Alcaraz in the second round at this year's Australian Open in their only prior meeting.
Ymer converted all three of his break points against the Spanish teen, who is ranked a career-best number 54 this week.
Ivashka had no trouble disposing of Emil Ruusuvuori 6-2 6-1 in the first semi-final.
The Finn had won 93 per cent of his service games this week entering the match but was broken in four of eight Friday.
Ivashka, meanwhile, did not face a single break point on his own serve as he cruised to victory in 68 minutes.