A FEW tips from his close friends was all Matt Reid needed to dismantle Japan's Yuichi Ito yesterday and progress into tonight's men's singles final of the McDonald's Burnie International.
The last Australian in either singles draw made light work of the world No.480, breaking his serve at will to triumph in just over an hour 6-2, 6-1 and will now face Hiroki Moriya in the championship decider, after he downed American college ace Jarmere Jenkins.
Prior to the match, Reid spoke briefly to mates who had experience playing Ito, who quickly advised the 23-year-old to pepper his forehand.
Reid did as he was told, continually hitting to Ito's weaker wing and the unforced errors flowed.
The fifth seed, who will also feature in today's doubles final with partner John-Patrick Smith, admitted to the tactic after the match.
"I've seen him play a few times and I spoke to some of the boys about it," he said.
"I was a little bit weaker, but I felt like I was really dominating the ground stroke rallies and on the big points that's where I really tried to pressure him."
The suddenly in-form New South Welshman, who arrived in Burnie on a six- match losing streak, was relieved to have made it into his second Challenger final in a year.
"I'm really happy, especially after how I've been playing," he said.
"I feel like I'm getting better and better with every match, and I've grown a lot of confidence this week."
Reid didn't know his opponent for today's final at the time of speaking, but knew he was in for a long encounter either way.
Moriya proved to be too consistent for Jenkins in last night's match, winning 6-4, 6-4.