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Granollers Ends Haase Kitzbuhel Run, Faces Monaco For Title

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Monaco© GEPA/Hans OsterauerJuan Monaco is bidding to reclaim the Kitzbuhel title he won in 2007.

Eighth seed Marcel Granollers halted Robin Haase’s unbeaten run at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel at 12 matches, defeating the two-time defending champion 7-6(0), 3-6, 6-4 in Friday’s semi-finals.

The Spaniard was broken for the first time this week, but rallied from the loss of the second set to clinch victory in two hours and 24 minutes. It was revenge for Granollers, who had fallen to Haase in the quarter-finals of the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad last week.

"It was a very hard match today in the semi-finals," said Granollers. "It was very hot, but in the end I was able to win. I'm happy to be in the final."

Granollers is through to his first ATP World Tour final in just over a year and will face second seed Juan Monaco. He has a 3-2 record in ATP World Tour finals and is looking to win his first title since 2011, when he triumphed at the Valencia Open 500 and Gstaad.

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World No. 68 Haase was coming off a runner-up showing in Gstaad (l. to Youzhny) and dropped to a 21-20 mark on the season. He had knocked out third seed Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals.

Monaco resisted a late fightback from seventh seed Albert Montanes to win 7-6(2), 7-5. The Argentine led 5-2 in the second set, before being pegged back. He broke again in the 11th game and sealed victory on his fifth match point.

Monaco will face Granollers in a re-match of the 2011 Valencia final. Granollers leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-1, though Monaco won their only previous clay-court meeting in 2008 in Warsaw.

The 29-year-old Monaco is bidding to reclaim the title he won on his last appearance at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament six years ago (d. Starace). The Tandil native has an 8-9 record in ATP World Tour finals and is bidding for his second title of the season after victory at the Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf (d. Nieminen).

Top Seeds Reach Kitzbuhel Final
Frantisek Cermak is one win away from clinching the Kitzbuhel title for the third time. He and his partner Lukas Dlouhy advanced to their first ATP World Tour team final on Friday as they defeated third seeds Oliver Marach and Fernando Verdasco 7-6(5), 6-4. Cermak lifted the Kitzbuhel trophy in 2004 (w/ Friedl) and 2012 (w/ Knowle) and is bidding to win his 30th doubles title. Dlouhy is looking to win his first title since 2011 and has a 10-14 finals record.

In the final they will face fourth seeds Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas, a first-time pairing who edged last week’s Gstaad champions Jamie Murray and John Peers 7-5, 7-6(4) in one hour and 32 minutes. The 28-year-old Emmrich is through to his fourth final of the season (1-2 record), while the 33-year-old Kas is bidding to win his fifth ATP World Tour doubles title.

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