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ITF WTT Cup men's tennis: Khan faces Crawford in final
Pune, March 27 - Zane Khan of the USA on Saturday made it to the third straight men's singles final and set up the summit clash with Great Britain's Oliver Crawford in the $15,000 ITF WTT Cup men's tennis championships.
In the semi-finals, 19-year-old Khan, the winner of the Lucknow and the Indore legs of the Indian ITF swing, upset 25-year-old fifth seeded Swede Jonathan Mridha 6-1, 7-5 in a two-hour 13-minute duel.
Khan played flawlessly, breaking Mridha in the second and fourth games of the first set. In the second set, Khan recovered from being 2-5 down to claim five games in a row and win the set and the match.
In the second semi-final match between 21-year-old Oliver Crawford of Great Britain stopped the good run of sixth seeded Manish Sureshkumar and won 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes.
Crawford, who has the distinction of beating two other Indians Dev Javia and Arjun Kadhe on way to the last-four, meted the same treatment to Sureshkumar who looked jaded due to long matches this week.
The Briton broke Sureshkumar in the seventh game in a set that saw as many as five breaks to win the first set 6-4. In the second set, Crawford broke in the third and the fifth games to win the set and the match.
Semi-finals (men's singles):
Zane Khan (USA)  bt Jonathan Mridha (SWE)  6-1, 7-5; Oliver Crawford (USA)  bt Manish Sureshkumar (IND)  6-4, 6-2
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