There were no tie-break jitters for Nicolas Almagro today as he defeated the Czech Republic’s Jan Hajek in straight sets to join compatriot David Ferrer in the SkiStar Swedish Open final in Bastad.
Almagro had required a tie-break to win the first set against Gimeno-Traver in his quarter-final but encountered no such deadlock in the semi, taking the opening set 6-4. A comfortable 6-3 win in the second saw the Spaniard home and dry and into the final.
It was similarly straight forward for top-seed David Ferrer in the preceding game.
Fresh from an excellent performance against Albert Ramos in the quarter-final, the sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov was always going to prove a tough obstacle for the world no. 5. However, Dimitrov was unable to take a set off the high flying Ferrer who emerged victorious, beating his opponent 6-3 7-5 and ensuring that the top-seed would indeed be present in the final in Bastad.
Alicante-born Ferrer will now face Murcian Nicolas Almagro in the tournament’s finale. While 52 miles separate their respective home towns, only five world rankings places divide the two players.
Both have tasted victory in Bastad before – most recently Almagro who won here in 2010 – although it was David Ferrer who triumphed when the two met in the 2007 final. It will very much be ‘game on’ when the two meet once more on Sunday.