Tipsarevic to face Agut for Chennai crown

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Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut were semifinal winners Saturday and will play for the title at the season-opening Chennai Open.

The second-seeded Tipsarevic rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene before Agut continued his surprising run with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph over fifth-seeded Benoit Paire of France.

Tipsarevic is in the Chennai final for a second straight year. He lost to Milos Raonic in 2012 and on Sunday will try for his fourth career title.

Agut, who knocked off Czech star Tomas Berdych in Friday's quarterfinals, will appear in his first ATP World Tour final. The world's 80th-ranked player won three Challenger level titles last year and was just 3-10 in ATP matches in 2012.

This event serves as a hardcourt tune-up for the Australian Open, which will commence Jan. 14.