Jaume Munar stops Carlos Alcaraz to reach first ATP final in Marbella

Jaume Munar won an all-Spanish battle with Carlos Alcaraz to reach his first ATP final at the Andalucia Open in Marbella.

World No. 102 Munar prevailed 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 against the 17-year-old wildcard in a tight semi-final battle at the Estadio Manolo Santana. The 23-year-old trailed 0-2 in games, and then by the same score in the tiebreak, but fought through to edge an important opening set.

Munar was twice broken back in the second set – including to love when serving for the match at 5-3. He found a decisive third break, though, when Alcaraz served to stay in the match at 4-5. The older Spaniard crucially won an incredible point at 30-30 in the final game with a volley winner after showcasing impressive defensive skills.

Munar will face top seed and world No. 15 Pablo Carreno Busta in the final on Sunday.

“I feel happy and excited. I’ve been working a lot during the past months,” Munar said in an on-court interview.

“It’s a gift for me to be here in a final, and especially in Marbella which is one of my favourite places. I feel excited, I have no words.”

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