ATP Grand Prix Hassan II: Marcel Granollers to face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in final
Last Updated: 12/04/14 8:40pm
Marcel Granollers and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez both won in Casablanca on Saturday to set up an all-Spanish final at the Grand Prix Hassan II.
Fourth seed Granollers was the first to secure his place, defeating Argentinian Federico Delbonis 6-1 6-4 in an hour and a quarter.
The clash between Garcia-Lopez and fellow Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena looked a straightforward one for the former, who is ranked 220 places higher than his opponent.
But the 30-year-old was pushed all the way by his younger compatriot before finally emerging with a 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 victory after 2 hours and 47 minutes.
After dropping a one-sided opening set of the semi-final Carballes Baena broke serve to earn a 6-5 lead in the second. Garcia-Lopez recovered the break, but lost the tie-break.
Garcia-Lopez seized the initiative with an immediate break in the deciding set, but again gave his opponent a route back into the match.
The next time he got ahead Garcia-Lopez made his lead stick, however, serving things out for a gruelling victory.