Pouille to face red-hot Bedene in Budapest final

Lucas Pouille - cropped
Lucas Pouille, the top seed in Budapest

Top seed Lucas Pouille marched into the Hungarian Open final on Saturday, but the Frenchman can expect to face a stern test from the in-form Aljaz Bedene.

Pouille, who came into this tournament having reached the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters last week, beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-2 7-5 in Budapest and is now one win away from securing his second ATP World Tour title.

The world number 14 charged into a 4-0 lead on his way to winning the first set, before finishing strongly to see off Lorenzi's determined challenge.

However, if Pouille is to triumph in the final, he will need to overcome a player who has now won 16 matches in a row at all levels.

A three-time winner on the Challenger Tour in recent weeks, Bedene continued his superb run with a 6-2 6-4 triumph over fellow qualifier Laslo Djere.

Bedene's only previous final on the main tour came in January 2015, when he was beaten to the Chennai Open title by Stan Wawrinka.

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