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Tennis: Australian Open dark horse del Potro reaches Sydney final

Published on Jan 10, 2014 4:00 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Former US Open tennis champion Juan Martin del Potro underlined his status as a dark horse for next week's Australian Open by hammering Dmitry Tursunov to reach the final of the Sydney International on Friday.

The lanky Argentinian, who will be seeded fifth in Melbourne, hit nine aces as he brushed aside the Russian fourth seed 6-4, 6-2 in just over an hour to reach his seventh final in the last 12 months.

Two of those finals were at Masters events in Shanghai and Indian Wells, an indication for some that he might be returning to the level of form that he reached to win the 2009 US Open title before a wrist injury nearly ended his career.

The 25-year-old will meet Australian defending champion Bernard Tomic, who beat Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky, in Saturday's final at Sydney's Olympic Park.

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