Polish pair Agnieszka Radwanska and Grzegorz Panfil rose from near oblivion in the Hopman Cup to beat Bernard Tomic and Samantha Stosur tonight and reach the final.
Tomic had broken the Panfil spell by winning the first match in the Australia-Poland clash at Perth Arena but Radwanska came from behind to beat Stosur and the Polish duo came from behind twice in the doubles to steal victory.
Tomic won 6-1 6-4 against Panfil before world No.5 Radwanska fought off a shoulder injury to beat Stosur 3-6 6-4 6-3 and level the tie.
Radwanska appeared to be down and out when she had a medical time-out, trailing a set but ahead 3-2 in the second against No.18 Stosur.
She recovered her composure, spurred on by a strong Polish contingent in the bumper crowd of 9789.
It left the top seeds hopes of qualifying for Saturday’s final in the balance, needing to win a set in the deciding doubles to earn a place in the tournament decider.
World No.288 Panfil, a replacement for injured countryman Jerzy Janowicz, went into the match with high hopes after consecutive upset wins against Italy's Andreas Seppi (No.25) and Canada's Milos Raonic (No.11).
Tomic broke Panfil's serve in the third game of the first set and didn't concede a point off his own delivery until midway through his third service game.
He consolidated with another break of Panfil's serve in the sixth game and closed out the first set in just 19 minutes.
Panfil had a glimmer of hope when he broke Tomic in the third game of the second set.
Tomic hit back with breaks in the fourth and seventh games.