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New ground for Konta with spot in Morocco final


Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

By Eleanor Crooks

Johanna Konta is through to the first clay-court final of her career following a straight-sets victory over Ajla Tomljanovic at the Morocco Open in Rabat.

The British No.1 swept aside fourth seed Tomljanovic 6-2 7-6 (7) to move closer to a first tournament win in two years.

Two early breaks from Konta secured a 4-1 lead in the opening set. Tomljanovic clawed one back but Konta immediately restored the double-break.

The Australian improved in the second set, but seventh seed Konta's serve rarely came under threat and she wrapped up victory with a second match point in the tie-break.

World No 3 Alexander Zverev suffered a shock defeat on home soil in the quarter-finals of the Munich Open, losing 6-4 5-7 7-5 to Chile's Cristian Garin.

Garin, ranked 44 places below Zverev, wasted three match points in the second set and survived two himself at 4-5 down in the third before victory.

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