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Australian Alex de Minaur will have to win two matches in one day if he is to claim his maiden ATP world tour title in Sydney after his semi-final was postponed due to rain.
The unflappable 19-year-old was set to take the court against Gilles Simon on Friday night, before more than four hours of rain set in and washed away most of the evening's action.
Attempts were still being made to get the women's semi-final on court not long before midnight, but the decision was made to push the men's semi-final back to Saturday morning before the final that night.
It means de Minaur will play two matches on Saturday if he beats Simon, just two days before his Australian Open first-round clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa.
However there is still plenty driving the local hope in Sydney.
De Minuar has never won a senior title on the world tour, but only Simon and Italian Andreas Seppi stand in his way - after the latter won his semi-final earlier on Friday.
A finalist as an 18-year-old in his home event in Sydney last year, de Minaur is now Australia's highest-ranked male player at No.29 and is seen as one of the bright lights of the sport in the country.
"It would be insane," de Minaur said earlier this week of the potential of claiming his first title in Sydney.
"Honestly it would be like a dream come true, but we are still far away from that.
"It's never easy coming back, especially defending so many (rankings) points. It's a different look for me.
"I've got a lot of expectations now. I think I'm dealing with all these expectations quite well, and I'm very proud of myself."
The Australian has a winning record over Simon, having beaten him in their only match up in Tokyo last year.
Meanwhile he has never played against the veteran Seppi, who is set to feature in his first final in three-and-a-half years.
Seppi on Friday ran through Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, taking control of the semi-final in a first-set tiebreaker before eventually winning 7-6 (7-3) 6-4.
Seppi hasn't played in a world tour final since June 2015 in Halle in Germany, while the world No.37's last win was way back in Moscow in 2012.
However the 34-year-old has enjoyed a solid run in Sydney this year, knocking over No.1 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in their quarter-final on Thursday before beating Schwartzman on Friday.