GRAND PRIX HASSAN II 2014
Granollers Sets All-Spanish Final
by ATP Staff|
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."