Juan Mónaco is through to his second final in as many weeks

July 22, 2012

ATP Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Juan Mónaco roared with delight after making his second final in two weeks. (Photo credit: Reuters)

Hamburg, Germany – Juan Mónaco proved what a fighter he was in the semi-finals of the ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg on clay after coming back from a set down to win the match. The man from Tandil, Argentina staged an impressive comeback against Nicolas Almagro, who was also the top seed at the tournament 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

During the first set both players performed equally well and there was no clear decisive winner of the set until the turning point in the eighth game, which saw Almagro break after a loose game from Mónaco and as a result, the Spaniard took the first set.

The roles reversed in the second set as Almagro’s game quickly dismantled and his shot making decisions were questionable.  Mónaco took advantage of the mental mind slip and broke, taking the second set 6-3.

The real excitement began in the third set which had seven breaks of serve in and neither player could hold their serve.  The match and a place in the final was there for the taking and both players let their nerves take over their racquets and their nerves cloud their judgement.

The third and decisive set opened up with Mónaco breaking Almagro’s opening service game and lead 1-0, but he could not consolidate and the Spaniard quickly broke back.

Despite some physical problems with blisters on Mónaco’s foot and brief medical attention to his left leg and hip which forced him to seek the support of the physiotherapist, Pico staged an unexpected comeback, from 2-4 down to take the third set at 6-4 after seven breaks of serve were exchanged during the third set.

The second semi-final of the day saw a fantastic 7-6, 6-0 home win for German Tommy Haas against Marin Cilic, who had just won the Umag tournament.

Between the two there was a battle only in the first set, which the German won in the tiebreak after surmounting a strong comeback.

During the second set, it was all too easy for Tommy Haas as he dominated the rallies leaving the Croatian with no answers, as he was bagelled in the second set 6-0.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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