ATP Tour Mikhail Kukushkin and Viktor Troicki will contest ATP Sydney International

Mikhail Kukushkin and Viktor Troicki will contest the first ATP Tour final between two qualifiers after victories in Sydney on Friday.

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The ATP Sydney International final will see a slice of Tour history when Mikhail Kukushkin meets Viktor Troicki on Saturday.

Both Kukushkin and Troicki have reached the showpiece from the tournament's qualifying stage - the first time it has happened on Tour.

Serbia's Troicki reached his first final since a doping ban with a straightforward 6-2 6-4 victory over Gilles Muller.

Troicki raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set, but three blown set points in game seven suggested nerves may be getting to the 28-year-old " who has won just one of his five singles finals at Tour level.

An easy hold in the next game dismissed those fears, however, and a breeze through the second set, in which Troicki gave up no opportunities to break, saw the Serb wrap up victory in a shade over an hour.

Kukushkin was pushed much harder by the tournament's sole remaining seed Leonardo Mayer, eventually progressing with a 6-4 6-4 success.

The Kazakh battled hard to rescue all 11 break points the Argentinian carved out in the match, four of them coming in an epic fourth game of the second set that featured five deuces.

The pair have played just twice in their competitive careers, with a win apiece hinting at a close battle in Saturday's showdown.

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