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Former Wimbledon junior finalist Liam Broady will take on fellow British player Rob Carter on Saturday in the final of the Aegon Pro-Series Sheffield tournament.

The pair came through their semi-finals on Friday at Graves Tennis Centre to set up a re-match of a game they used to play regularly earlier in their careers at their local tennis club.

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Broady, aged 19, from Stockport, beat No 1 seed Dan Cox 6-2 6-2 while 20-year-old Carter overcame Richard Bloomfield - who was carrying an injury through the second set - 6-4 6-0.

Neither player has previously reached the final of a senior Futures event and both were unseeded before the $10,000 tournament began.

The semi-finals were played on the indoor courts because of the rainy weather, but the tournament is officially an outdoor event.

Organisers hope to schedule the final (10am) outdoors at Graves but will assess weather reports before making a decision.

Broady said: “I’ve known Rob since I was about 12 or 13, playing in my home club tournament in finals there and losing to him on the astroturf.

“It will be good to have a re-match with him, especially at this sort of level.”

Carter said: “It’s great to be in the final. Richard (Bloomfield) is a good player, but went over on his leg so it was a bit easier in the second set.

“I’m playing a good friend in the final. It’s the first time I’ve actually reached a semi-final so anything from here is a bonus.”

In the doubles final No 2 seeds Lewis Burton and Marcus Willis beat Bloomfield and Cox 6-1 6-1.

Dan Evans, who reached the third round of the US Open this month and is part of the Great Britain Davis Cup team, won a similar tournament at Graves last year.

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