World no. 63 Gilles Muller earned his place in the BB&T Atlanta Open finals following a dominant performance against the world no. 54 and 8th seed Go Soeda. Both were coming off impressive straight-sets victories in the quarterfinals, with Muller dismissing the Australian Matthew Ebden and Soeda defeating his compatriot and 3rd seed Kei Nishikori in the ATP World Tour’s first ever all-Japanese quarterfinal.
In the first meeting between the pair, Soeda found himself in trouble early and committed 3 double faults in the first set while struggling to return the 6’4” Muller’s serves. The lefty from Luxembourg fired 16 aces and held at love several times throughout the match while breaking Soeda’s serve twice. In the end, Muller won 33 of his 35 first serve points (94%) and captured a 6-4, 6-3 victory to secure a place in Sunday’s final. He will play either Andy Roddick or John Isner for a shot at his first career ATP World Tour title.
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