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.
90 seconds of madness to end it!
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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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