Joseph Imeh produced a powerful performance to beat Emmanuel Idoko and move into his third straight final at the Rainoil Open today.
The 22-year-old claimed a 6-0, 6-3 victory to take his head-to-head lead over Idoko at the Rainoil Open to 2-0.
The first set between both men was a thoroughly one-sided affair, but Idoko upped his level in the second set, as he stayed with Imeh until 3-3. However, a break in the 8th game gave the defending champion a 5-3 lead before he consolidated with a hold to close out the contest and move within one match win of back-to-back titles here.
Elsewhere, top seed Sylvester Emmanuel got his revenge for a second round defeat here in 2017 against Chima Michael by claiming a 6-0, 2-0 (rtd) win over his 20th-ranked opponent.
Emmanuel, having powered through the opening set without dropping a game, was 2-0 up in the second set before Michael retired due to a muscle strain, which was still affecting him from Friday.
Sunday’s final between Imeh and Emmanuel will be the second straight national final between the two, with Imeh having prevailed at the Dala Championship in Kano two weeks ago.
Elsewhere in the men’s doubles final, Uche Oparaoji and Godgift Timibra combined impressively to beat Joseph Imeh and Christian Paul in three sets and claim the doubles title.
Oparaoji and Timibra, after dropping the second set, held firm in the deciding set to claim a 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 victory.