Denis Kudla will be hoping to give the home fans something to cheer about when he takes on Erik Chvojka in the Lexington Challenger final today.
The big serving Kudla is hoping for wildcards into the Cincinnati Masters and the US Open later this summer and if he can win this event, he will do his chances plenty of good. Born in the Ukraine, Kudla is one of his country's best hopes for the future and he saw off another rising star in Christian Harrison (younger brother of US Olympian Ryan) 6-3, 7-5 in the semis.
"This was a new level for me and I was a little nervous," 20 year old Kudla said. "Then, I tightened up at the start of the second set."
Kudla got out of the blocks very quickly, serving well and taking advantage of the short balls but he got a bit tight at the start of the second set with the finish line in sight and fell 4-1 behind. However he stepped up a gear to set up a showdown with Canadian eighth seed Chvojka.
Chvojka enjoyed the easiest of passages into the final as Britain's Alex Bogdanovic pulled out of their semi-final with a back strain following his marathon quarter-final victory over seventh seed James Duckworth.
Prediction: Kudla in two.