The Valencia Open 500 that finished last Sunday became, from the semifinals on, an all Spain-Argentina duel in which four of the players that could have a starring role in the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final played each other.
Despite the surface being very different, hard in Valencia for clay in Seville, the tournament has given a measure of the current form of some of the key players of both Davis Cup finalists.
In the upper part of the draw, David Ferrer, one of the big stars of the 2011 Davis Cup edition, and Juan Monaco, a player that has had a very important role in taking Argentina to the Final, clashed in the semifinals. Ferrer went into the match as clear favourite due to his better ranking and having the support of the local crowd but it was Monaco that took the victory in a very tight three-set match.
In the other semifinal, Argentina´s no. 1 Juan Martin del Potro faced the big surprise of the tournament, Marcel Granolles. The Argentine, world no. 12, was this time the favourite ahead of Granollers, more known for his abilities as a doubles player. However, there also was a surprise in this case and “The Tower of Tandil”, Del Potro, ended up losing in two tight sets to a very inspired Granollers.
Del Potro experienced problems in his shoulder during the match and will miss the Paris Masters. Despite raising some concerns about his fitness for the Final, the Argentine has made it clear that his priority is to arrive in Seville fit for Davis Cup.
The Final match in Valencia was once again an all Spain-Argentina affair and this time the stars were Marcel Granollers and Juan Monaco. Granollers took the first set easily but Monaco reacted and took the second leaving the match to be decided in the third set. The final set turned out to be the tightest and finally the Spaniard managed to take the match and the tournament with an overall score of 62 46 76(3).
Granollers and Monaco are not the best ranked potential players in the final between Argentina and Spain but, with less than one month to the big moment; they could be the ones that get there in the best form.