Bucharest, Romania (Sports Network) - Lukas Rosol will vie for his first
career singles title after an impressive performance on Saturday in the
semifinals at the $535,000 Nastase Tiriac Trophy tennis event.
The Czech handled three-time Bucharest champion Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3 on the
clay at BNR Arenas. the second-seeded Simon beat Italian Fabio Fognini in last
year's finale, adding to his titles in 2007 and 2008. The Frenchman had won 16
consecutive matches at this tournament.
Making his maiden appearance in a singles final, Rosol, 27, will face
The Spaniard battled past fifth-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Mayer was the 2011 Bucharest champ.
The 29-year-old Garcia-Lopez will be appearing his fourth career final and
first since 2010. He captured titles in Kitzbuhel in 2009 and in Bangkok
three years ago.
Sunday's match will be the first meeting between Rosol and Garcia-Lopez.
This week's champion will collect $96,000.
The Sports Network