Wu Yibing is the first Chinese man ever to reach an ATP final since the so-called open era of professional tennis began in 1968. Wu, 23, took that first by beating first-seeded American Taylor Fritz at the Dallas Open in the semifinals (6-7 (3) 7-5 6-4). This also makes Wu the highest-ranked Chinese in the global ranking ever.
Wu entered the tournament as world No. 97, his highest ranking ever. Due to his performance in the US state of Texas, the Chinese has virtually risen to 76th place, which is higher than the 91st place of the current record holder Zhizhen Zhang.
Wu will play against American John Isner in the final on Sunday. The number 39 in the world defeated his compatriot JJ Wolf (3-6 7-5 7-6 (4)) and goes for his seventeenth title.