Daniil Medvedev has reached the Indian Wells last for the archetypal clip but needed 8 lucifer points to unafraid triumph implicit Frances Tiafoe.
Medvedev, 27, held disconnected a precocious Tiafoe surge to bushed the American 7-5 7-6 (7-4) for his 19th successive win.
The Russian 5th effect arrived astatine Indian Wells successful good signifier having won back-to-back ATP titles successful Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai.
He volition look apical effect Carlos Alcaraz oregon Jannik Sinner successful Sunday's final.
Playing successful his archetypal semi-final successful the California desert, it took until the 11th crippled of the archetypal acceptable for Medvedev to get the captious interruption of service contempt relentless play from the baseline.
It looked arsenic though the 2nd acceptable would beryllium an easier matter erstwhile Medvedev broke successful the opening game, but aft a spirited Tiafoe saved 3 lucifer points, helium was doubly breached portion serving for the match.
World fig 16 Tiafoe battled backmost from 5-1 down successful the tie-break to 5-4, but from determination Medvedev scrambled implicit the line, serving retired the triumph with an ace.
"It was brainsick astatine the end," said the erstwhile satellite fig one. "I got ace tight.
"The ace was a relief. I'm conscionable truly blessed that I managed not to suffer this match."
Victory successful the last would spot Medvedev go the archetypal antheral since Andy Murray successful 2016 to triumph 4 titles successful 5 weeks.
Earlier, Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina defeated satellite fig 1 Iga Swiatek successful consecutive sets to scope the women's final, wherever she volition play Aryna Sabalenka successful a repetition of the Australian Open final.
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