Paradorn Srichaphan sets up a finale at the 650,000-dollar Stockholm Open with Marcelo Rios.
updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
Stockholm:Paradorn Srichaphan set up a finale at the 650,000-dollar Stockholm Open with Marcelo Rios with a victory today fuelled by the cultural confidence that the colour red can bring to a Thai. The seventh seed donned a dull scarlet shirt while leading 2-1 in the third set against Spain's Tommy Robredo. After the quick change, he didn't drop a game on the way to a 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1 victory. He will take on Number six Marcelo Rios, who won a battle of stylish left-handers 6-3 7-5 over Morocco's Hicham Arazi, tomorrow. Paradorn also ignored some brief pain from an overworked shoulder as he reached his fourth final of a breakthrough season. The Thai ace's remarkable late-season surge shows no signs of fading as the 23-year-old from Bangkok plays full steam ahead for a likely Top 20 ranking by the end of next week. (AP)