Pablo Carreño dispatched a fantastic match this Saturday in the semifinals of the Mollene Open in Metz, an ATP 250 in which he will have the chance to win his third trophy of the course in which it will also be his third final. The man from Gijón won in two contested sets (7-5 and 7-6 (8)) the French Gael Monfils, champion of the tournament in 2009, and will face this Sunday (15:30, Movistar Deportes 2) in the title match Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who beat German Peter Gojowczyk (6-4 and 7-6 (4)). “I started a little scared by this atmosphere (under cover, in a pavilion full of an audience against him) due to the lack of customBut after I concentrated, I started to play better and put pressure on him a little more, ”said Pablo.
Carreño overcame a bad start in which he conceded an exit break and found himself with a complicated 3-0 against, who continued with a dangerous 4-1 that he knew how to lift. With patience, and after having his first break options in the fifth game, he broke the service of the 35-year-old Parisian, who was sixth in the world, in the seventh and again in the eleventh to serve with 6-5 and take the first sleeve. In the second there was no opportunity to break and everything was decided in a tiebreaker in which the Spaniard was able to save four set points and win with excellent defenses., followed by with accurate counterattacks with which he overflowed a Monfils who dominated 3-2 in the face-to-face and who has recovered much of his best level, but who ran into the best year of Pablo’s career in terms of win-loss balance: 35-13. This was his seventh semi-final in the last nine months.
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Now, the 30-year-old Asturian and 16th in the ranking will try to maintain his 100% effectiveness in finals this season (he won in Marbella and Hamburg, both times on land). A rival (24 years and 13th) who he beat in his only match and very recently, in the eighth of the Cincinnati Masters 1,000 (7-6 (6) and 7-6 (3)). “We trained together here a few days ago, on Monday, and it is a pleasure to meet him in the last game,” he explained. On the court you will see who took the best marks in that training …