Cape Town - South Africa's Kevin Anderson has advanced to the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Anderson defeated world No 5 Dominic Thiem of Austria in straight sets 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 in their semi-final at the International Tennis Stadium at Zayed Sports City.
Thiem received a bye into the semi-finals, while Anderson had to overcome Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta to progress.
The world No 14-ranked South African will now face Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut in the final on Saturday after the late withdrawal of former world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic was scheduled to play Bautista-Agut in the second semi-final of the exhibition tournament, however he pulled out due to elbow pain.
Results of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi on Friday:
Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 6-4, 6-2
Kevin Anderson (RSA) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) bt Andy Murray (SCO) 6-2 (1 set match)