Granollers defeats Haase to set up Kitzbuhel final against Monaco

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The bet-at-home Cup in Kitzbuhel final will feature second seed Juan Monaco and Spanish Marcel Granollers, seed number eight. The latter sent home reigning champion Robin Haase of Netherlands – he thus ended his 12-match Kitzbuhel winning streak as the Dutchman also conquered the tournament in 2011.

As all of the serves were held in the opener its outcome would be decided in the tie-break. The Spaniard cruised through the thirteenth game and wrapped it up without surrendering a single point – it was one set to love. Haase failed to consolidate an early second set break, yet he managed to restore the lead in the eighth game and served out the set  with a hold to love. The decider started with the unseeded Dutchman moving 2-0 ahead, but his advantage was again short-lived as Granollers won five consecutive games and served for a final ticket next. Haase broke back to make it 5-4, but then suffered another loss of serve which cost him the third Kitzbuhel final in a row. End score: 7-6 (0), 3-6, 6-4.

Monaco was extremely lucky to win the first set against unseeded Spaniard Albert Montanes as he was broken in the third game and rescued three set points at 5-3 before breaking back in the subsequent game. The momentum was on his side now and he sealed the opener with a convincing tie-break display. The Kitzbuhel 2007 title holder Argentine was in a commanding position in the second set as he obtained a double break cushion by 5-2, yet had problems completing the victory. Montanes pulled off quite a comeback by breaking his rival two times in a row and defending four match points on his own serve along the way. However, Monaco got his act together, seized another break and succeeded to serve out the match for a 7-6 (2), 7-5 triumph. He will be hoping to improve his 1-3 head-to-head record against Granollers in the final.

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