The semi-finals of the Valencia Open, which will be played tomorrow, cannot be closer than the last moments we’ll live this tennis season, except perhaps because only two of the protagonists have the chance to meet at that moment. And yet, this week, they can only meet in Sunday’s final.
Tomorrow’s semis will be all about Argentina and Spain, as Juan Martín del Potro will be looking to close in on a return to the top 10 (where he will return Monday if he wins the tournament) against last year’s runner-up Marcel Granollers, while the other semi will be a matchup between defending champion David Ferrer and Argentina’s Juan Mónaco.
This gives me a definite Davis Cup feeling, to tell the truth, even though I know very well that tomorrow’s matchups don’t have much chance to happen in a few weeks on the clay of Sevilla. However, it will be a nice appetizer to that highly awaited encounter between Spain and Argentina.
To reach the semis, Delpo took an easy measure of American Sam Querrey, whom he brilliantly defeated 6-2 7-5, in a match where the Tandil native showed most of his best play and a tennis of a very high level, to which Querrey never found answers. His opponent in the semis, Marcel Granollers, showed unbelievable resilience to log his first top 10 win over Gaël Monfils, whom he defeated 7-6(12) 3-6 6-4. The Spaniard will be a tricky opponent for del Potro tomorrow, as he excels at the volley and can be rather unpredictable in his choice of play, as well as very aggressive. Should be an interesting match.
In the other quarters, David Ferrer did not have much trouble to defeat Nikolay Davydenko, whom he defeated only once in the four meetings they had before today’s. However, it did not show as the Spaniard beat him in straight sets, 6-3 6-4. The defending champion will tomorrow face Pico Mónaco, who really played incredible tennis to prevent the Valencia crowd of seeing a faceoff between two of the tournament’s owners when he defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3 6-3. I must say I was really impressed by the quality of this match, as the rallies were often long and played at a very high level, making this match one of the most interesting I’ve seen this week.
Two Spaniards facing two Argentines. A little foretaste of Sevilla.
Shall I risk predicting, or can I just wish? I will do both. I think we will have a Ferrer – Del Potro final. But my heart wishes an all-Tandil final between Delpo and Pico.