Eighth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez lifted his third ATP trophy after completing a come from behind victory in the Grand Prix Hassan II 2014 final against fellow-Spaniard Marcel Granollers, seed number four. The thirty-year-old from La Roda became the fourth different Spanish player to capture the World Tour 250 clay court tournament in the last six years. He obtained his previous title in Bangkok back in 2010.
Granollers was the first to steal the opponent’s serve in the opener, but he only managed to consolidate the second break to make it 6-5. The four-time ATP title holder converted in first attempt to close out the opening set. The Casablanca crowd witnessed a similar course of events in the set number two, yet this time it was Garcia-Lopez who capitalized on the second break to level the terms and force a decider. Granollers started the final set by breaking in the opening game, but his compatriot turned the tide by going on a five straight games run and put the match to bed with a hold to love to secure a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory. Their ATP head-to-head record now stands at 2-0 with the new Casablanca king also prevailing in their preceding encounter in the round of 16 of the same event in 2010.
“I’m very happy to win this title,” said Garcia-Lopez. “I know Marcel for a long time. We practise together in tournaments. The match was really close.”
“It was a tough match for both,” said Granollers. “I think we played solid and I made a few mistakes. I didn’t deserve to win the title…It was a big battle today and unfortunately I didn’t win the match.