The Binghampton Challenger final sees American Michael Yani clash with big serving Fritz Wolmarans on Sunday evening.
Wolmarans reached a career high of 198 in the world last May but has really struggled ever since, dropping several hundred places in the rankings since then. He had to qualify last week but he's toughed out six matches in a row without dropping a set and his exploits have earned him the support of the Binghampton crowd.
He saw off Switzerland's Adrian Bossel 7-5, 6-4 in Saturday's semi-finals, an ugly match with few rallies lasting more than a few shots. Both men have weak returns and that could prove to be Wolmarans' downfall against Yani today. Whatever happens it's still been a fantastic run for the South African which should catapult him up the rankings again.
A week ago, Yani suffered a bit of a hammer blow when his points from ATP Newport 2011 dropped off. Having reached the semis there last year and lost in qualifying this time round, he plummeted 100 places in the rankings but he's done his level best to claw some of them back this week. After a miserable season to date, Yani will be delighted with his form this week. He hasn't dropped a set and has outplayed some very solid players in Jamie Baker and Alex Bogdanovic. Yani's strong serving is always the bedrock of his game but his sometimes unreliably baseline game has also clicked superbly. A man who doesn't hold back from the back of the court, Yani has been unplayable at times, flaying winners at will off either side.
Prediction: Yani in two.