Little-known Marinko Matosevic of Australia reached his first career ATP final, beating Dudi Sela of Israel 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7) in the semifinals Saturday at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.
The 173rd-ranked Matosevic needed five match points to close out the 2-hour, 54-minute match on a day where a swirling wind didn't help either player.
''I'm very happy but I'm very tired,'' Matosevic said. ''I was just fighting off cramps (hamstring, right wrist and forearm). ... In the humidity I just sweat a lot and cramp. I cramped after my match on Wednesday too.''
He finally won the match on his third match point in the tiebreaker - he double-faulted on the first one at 6-5, and hit the ball into the net at 8-7. Matosevic won when the 75th-ranked Sela netted a backhand.
Matosevic, who was cramping after the match, dropped to the ground then got up and was screaming and raising his arm in victory.
''Fighting,'' said Matosevic, when asked what won him the match. ''Just ...