World No. 36 Marcel Granollers reached his seventh ATP World Tour final on Saturday as he defeated Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca.
The fourth-seeded Spaniard improved to a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Delbonis as he claimed victory in 75 minutes, converting five of his seven break point chances. “I started the match very well, but Federico came back strongly in the second set and I was leading 4-2 before he broke back,” said Granollers.
“I’m happy that I managed to win in two sets and I’m looking forward to a Spanish final tomorrow.”
In an all-Spanish final, Granollers will face eighth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who ended the run of newcomer Roberto Carballes Baena with a 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-4 victory.
Carballes Baena was contesting his first ATP World Tour semi-final after qualifying into the main draw. The 21 year old had never won a tour-level match prior to this week.
The 28-year-old Granollers is looking to win his fifth ATP World Tour title and fourth on clay. Garcia-Lopez won their only previous meeting, which came four years ago in Casablanca. The 30 year old finished runner-up in two ATP World Tour finals last year in St. Petersburg (l. to Gulbis) and Bucharest (l. to Rosol) and is looking to win his first title since 2010 in Bangkok (d. Nieminen).
"Of course it's going to be a different match," said Garcia-Lopez of his upcoming encounter with Granollers. "We're in a final now. He's playing really well and motivated. He's going to be really dangerous. I have to be focused and play well."
Marcel recharges his batteries!
Before the European clay court season Marcel has decided to take a short break to recharge his batteries. It is very exhausting for him to play singles and doubles at all tournaments. Therefore Marcel and his coach have decided to take a break and get Marcels energy level back to 100%.
Granollers/Lopez Capture Buenos Aires Title
by ATP Staff
Granollers and Lopez completed an impressive run through the Buenos Aires draw, which saw them not relinquish a set all week. The title is their first since claiming the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown in London in 2012.
Both players captured their 10th individual doubles crowns with the win. Granollers had previously won in Buenos Aires in 2009, alongside countryman Alberto Martin.
“The key was we were very solid with our serve,” said Granollers to ATPWorldTour.com. “We played a very tough match against Pablo and Horacio. We were a few break points down in the first and second sets and I think we finished very strong.”
Top seeded Granollers/Lopez face Bagnis/Delbonis
Marcel was a bit upset after his easy loss to Pablo Andujar but now he is ready to reach out for the doubles crown. The former Masters Champions start the doubles tournament today with thier first round match against the Argentinians Bagnis/Delbonis.
Buenos Aires – Marcel overcomes Bedene
On the first day of the Copa Claro Open, fifth-seeded Marcel had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia. In the second round the Spaniard awaits his Spanish fellow Pablo Andujar.
Marcel moves on to semi final
Fourth seed Benoit Paire and sixth seed Marcel Granollers recorded straight sets wins on Thursday at the Aircel Chennai Open. The pair has met in the quarter-finals now and Marcel overcame the Frenchman in a thrilling three setter, winning 6/2 3/6 7/6.
First Quarter Final of 2014
Chennai. Marcel was a class to strong for the qualifier R. Ramanathan. He overcame the Indian in straight sets, winning 6/2 6/4. Next opponent of Marcel will be the winner of the match between Frenchmen B. Paire and G. Garcia Lopez from Spain.
Marcel starts successful in Chennai
Marcel Granollers survived a hard test in the first round of the Chennai Open as he needed three sets to beat Romanian Radu Albot. The sixth seed was severely challenged by the qualifier, who responded excellently to going a set down to force a decider, only for the Spaniard to win every game in the final set to progress in two hours and 20 minutes with a 6-4 3-6 6-0 win. However, Granollers will not be joined in the second round in India by compatriot Albert Ramos, who slipped to a 6-1 6-3 loss to Edouard Roger-Vasselin.