Ricardas Berankis looks to reach his first ATP final against sixth seed Marinko Matosevic at the Farmers Classic tonight.
Berankis is a former world junior number one and big things were being predicted for the young Lithuanian a couple of years ago. However his progress has been derailed by a right pelvis stress fracture which sidelined him for four months last year. He was in action in an ATP event for the first time in a year last week in Atlanta and he came through qualifying again to make the main draw this week.
Since then he's shown his class, defeating a couple of very experienced competitors in seventh seed Bjorn Phau and Russia's Igor Andreev before stunning fourth seed Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4 in the quarters last night, saving all three break points he faced on serve.
Matosevic is into his second semi-final of 2012 having made the Delray Beach final as a qualifier back in February. The Aussie ended veteran Michael Russell's run in the quarters, seeing off the 34 year old fairly comfortably 6-2, 6-3.
Matosevic and Berankis are locked at 1-1 on the head-to-head with both matches coming in 2011. Berankis won in straight sets at the Australian Open but the Aussie got revenge in Washington this time last year, winning 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-1.
Prediction: Berankis in three.