ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Radek Stepanek
beat world No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko
, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, in Saturday's semifinals at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
"I turned the match in the second set and even when I was 3-1 down in the third I felt in control," Stepanek said.
In Sunday's championship, Stepanek faces Christophe Rochus, who beat Jarkko Nieminen, 6-4, 6-3, in the other semifinal.
"It's going to be a tough final, but I am prepared for it," Stepanek added.
Both Stepanek, the tournament's sixth-seed, and Rochus will be after their first ATP singles title. The winner pockets $175,000.
The 27-year-old Stepanek has lost three previous finals. Rochus lost his only final appearance at Valencia in 2003.
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