Former national champion Arvind Bhat entered the German Open Grand Prix Gold finals after registering a thrilling three-game victory over Chinese Taipei’s Tien Chen Chou in the men’s singles.

Arvind took 55 minutes to prevail over his 15th-seeded rival 21-12, 12-21, 22-20.

He will now lock horns with Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, who defeated Marc Zwiebler 21-16, 21-13 in the other semifinal clash.

Arvind had no problems in disposing off Chou in the first game after taking a 6-3 lead with a five-point burst and then maintained the distance.

Chou, however, meted out the same treatment to Arvind in the second game when he broke off at 6-6 and marched ahead.

But in the decider, Arvind fought till the end after Chou had stepped up the competition. The duo battled from 6-6 to 14-14 with the lead changing hands frequently.

The Indian was ahead by a point lead after that and even though Chou caught up at 20-20, Arvind successfully staved off the challenge in the end.

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