World No. 58 Arthur Rinderknech admitted he was “really happy” after making his maiden ATP final at Adelaide 2.
Rinderknech, 26, destroyed fellow French Corentin Moutet 6-1 6-3 in the Adelaide semifinal
Rinderknech got off to a fast start, breaking Moutet twice to comfortably win the opener.
After easily winning the first set, Rinderknech broke Moutet twice in the second set as well to book a straight-set win.
“Of course really happy with this win and to be in the final tomorrow,” Rinderknech said, per the Adelaide International website.
“(It’s) really not hard to focus (in a match like this). I actually like it if the guy is trying to go at me; that was his game plan today.
“I guess he can see the score and see if his game plan was good.”
Rinderknech enjoying his first time in Australia
Rinderknech won one and lost two singles matches at the ATP but still enjoyed the experience.
“The ATP Cup was such a great event. I really enjoyed Sydney; enjoying now Adelaide,” he said.
“This is my first time in Australia, actually, so I’m really enjoying the country. Can’t wait to visit Melbourne next week.”
Rinderknech will be battling home favorite Thanasi Kokkinakis for the Adelaide title.
After beating Marin Cilic, Kokkinakis said he expects a tough battle against Rinderknech.
“I’m just gonna enjoy this tonight as much as I can, get mentally and physically ready for tomorrow,” Kokkinakis said.
“It’s gonna be a tough final. He (Rinderknech) has played great this week, beaten a lot of quality players.
“But I’ve got to back myself, don’t I? I’ve had a great week.
“It’s been almost five years (since I’ve been in an ATP final). I’m just going to try and enjoy it. Back home, I couldn’t have asked for it anywhere else, honestly.”
Rinderknech and Kokkinakis have no previous meetings.