Albury, NSW, 2 March 2019 | Asher Packman

Matthew Romios has booked a place in his maiden Australian Pro Tour final after his opponent succumbed to injury for the second day running.

The Victorian progressed to the semifinals after fellow teen Alexander Crnokrak was forced to retire early in the second set. He was handed a replica of the situation on Saturday when Chris O’Connell found himself unable to continue down 6-1 3-0.

“You can’t pick and choose how you win, you just take it how it goes, I guess,” Romios, 19, said. “I felt like I came in and started strong, finding the middle of the racquet early. I was playing really good tennis, it was just unfortunate that he injured himself – otherwise it would have been a great match I think.”

“I’m into my first singles final at this level, it’s exciting.”

Romios will face top seed Brydan Klein in the final, after the Brit continued his great run on the grass courts of Albury, posting a convincing 6-3 6-2 win against Japanese fourth seed Shuichi Sekiguchi. Klein is yet to drop a set this week will provide a significant obstacle for the young Victorian.

“He’s playing at a pretty good level at the moment, but if I go out there and just back my game, it could be a close one I think,” Romios said. “I usually handle these things pretty well, I just take every match the same. I just go out there and play my game. It’s working at the moment, so let’s just see what happens.”

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