Melzer, Haider-Maurer in Vienna final

Defending champion Jurgen Melzer and fellow Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer advanced to the final of the Bank Austria Trophy on Saturday.

The top-seeded Melzer beat Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-4 and Haider-Maurer defeated Germany’s Michael Berrer 7-6 (6), 6-7 (1), 6-3 in the other semifinal.

The 12th-ranked Melzer, who has only won two of his nine career finals, reached his second final of the season after losing to Andrey Golubev in Hamburg in July.

The 157th-ranked Haider-Maurer had never reached the quarterfinals of an ATP event before. He lost in qualifying before entering the main draw as a replacement for Ernests Gulbis.

It’s the first all-Austrian final of the tournament since Horst Skoff beat Thomas Muster in 1988.