Canadian tennis was the big winner at the Citi Open semifinals here with second-seeded Milos Raonic and countryman Vasek Pospisil, ranked 13th, making it into the final.
Raonic defeated American Donald Young - the surprising player of the tourney - 6-4 and 7-5 with the latter ultimately unable to deal with the Canadian's serve, going down to defeat in just an hour and 15 minutes.
Once more Raonic won key points with his serve, delivering 15 aces against only three dealt out by his rival, and winning 91 percent of the points on the first serve to Young's 76 percent.
The 23-year-old Raonic, who so far in the tourney has not conceded a single set, will now fight for his sixth individual title and the first of this season when he goes up against Pospisil.
The upcoming final is the first for Raonic since October 2013, when he battled Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Pospisil, 24, had beaten Colombia's Santiago Giraldo after a rain delay on Saturday and then rallied to prevail in his semifinals confrontation against sixth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-7 (5), 6-3 and 7-5 in two hours and 28 minutes.
This was Pospisil's second victory in the two duels he has had as a pro against Gasquet.
Pospisil has made it to the quarterfinals in his last five tournaments.
The final hard-court face-off will come with prizes valued at just under $1.4 million and will be the second time the two Canadians have battled, the first being in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup last year when Roanic won 6-4, 1-6 and 7-6 (4), a just-barely victory that was good enough to get him into the final.
Meanwhile, in women's singles competition, Russia's No. 6 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated her compatriot Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 and 6-2 in an hour and 21 minutes and will now vie for the title with Japan's Kurumi Nara, who rallied strongly to beat New Zealander Marina Erakovic 0-6, 6-4 and 6-4. EFE