Category Archives: Marcel Granollers

Spanish Boys Have A Little Fun

Here’s a little something for the Spanish fans out there. These videos are from the 2011 Davis Cup celebrations and as you can see the boys were perhaps…. a little dusty.

You’ve got Nadal busting a few moves that make me think he really wasn’t lying when he said he’s now not as shy as he used to be as he snuggles up to Marc Lopez and Felicano Lopez – at one point looking like he was practicing some clumsy pick pocketing on Feli.

But it’s all for fun so lets have a giggle as we see these boys let their hair down.

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Granollers Claims Valencia

Marcel Granollers battled Juan Monaco for over three hours before finally coming out on top in front of his Spanish fans 6-2, 4-6, 7-6. Granollers claimed some impressive scalps on his way to the final including Dolgopolov, Cilic, Monfils and Del Potro to claim the title and his biggest career moment.

Monaco held the early lead in the third set until losing the advantage in the eighth game with both players then holding strong to force a tie break. Read more »

Granollers And Monaco Unexpected Finalists

Marcel Granollers has felled the mighty Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets in Valencia to secure a spot in the finals. The Spaniard beat Delpo 6-4, 7-6 in just under two hours in the first meeting between the two players.

The loss is a blow for Delpo who is currently in 10th place in the race to qualify for the World Tour Finals. To have a chance he must now make the finals in Paris next week. His only other hope is that the injured Novak Djokovic is unable to play and that he is able to fill the space as a lucky loser. Del Potro’s loss was good news for Tomas Berdych who is closer to qualifying. Read more »

Verdasco Hunting For Form For Finals

The newly bald Fernando Verdasco will face compatriot Marcel Granollers in the Gstaad final after edging another Spaniard, Nico Almagro, in the semi finals 6-7, 7-6, 6-. The win gives Verdasco confidence after Almagro comfortably defeated him last week in the semifinals in Hamburg.

Verdasco is attempting to turn around his season which started with a broken ankle and has been characterized by seemingly poor form. At Wimbledon Verdasco was criticized heavily for his performance where he appeared to lack effort and enthusiasm in the two matches he played. Read more »

>Gonzalez Caught By Surprise, Ferrer Stages A Comeback As Ferrero And Verdasco Power On

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David Ferrer was down 2-5 and serving at 40-40 against Marcel Ganollers when he made a comeback. He managed to secure the game for a 3-5 position, forcing Granollers to serve for the set. But it never happened. Ferrer scrapped his way back into the set taking in 7-5. It was all downhill from there for his Spanish counter part with Ferrer taking the match in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.

Feliciano Lopez also had a bit of a battle on his hands before overcoming Istomin 7-5, 7-5 to book a place in the third round against top seed Robin Soderling.

Things were easier for Juan Carlos Ferrero and Fernando Verdasco. Ferrero’s opponent Stakhovsky retired at 4-2 in the second set with an injury to both hamstrings. Juan Carlos, who has won 2 consecutive clay court tournaments already this season, fancies his chances with Nadal out of the field. “I have a good feeling and the truth is I am playing some solid tennis. With Nadal out it means things are a bit more open.” Fernando Verdasco dismissed Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3.

The upset of the day came when Albert Ramos-Vinolas caught Fernando Gonzalez off guard and sent him packing 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in 2 hours 15 minutes. This was Ramos-Vinolas’ second win at an ATP level, his first coming on Monday against Michael Russel.

>Robredo And Granollers Put Spain Ahead 2-1

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Despite losing the Swiss having 3 set points in the first set tie-break and then winning the 3rd set, the Spanish pairing of Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers were too good for Stanislas Wawrinka and Yves Allegro, winning 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Their in puts Spain ahead 2-1 with Wawrinka now having to find a way to recharge after a 5 set singles effort (which he won) against Almagro and their 4 set doubles effort today, to face famous grinder David Ferrer in Sunday’s all important deciding reverse singles.

It was the first time the Spanish duo have played Davis Cup doubles together, and Granollers first live rubber – of late he has been the stand in man but has not played. Gifted doubles and singles player Robredo encouraged the debutant and showed his brilliant touch at the net, the same way he did in Hopman Cup earlier this year – also for the glory of Spain. Granollers also showed off his personality encouraging the Spanish crowd to start his version of a Mexican Wave.

Robredo was jubilant in victory, just as he was at Hopman Cup, leaping into Granollers arms. The victory is was also special for Robredo because his fathers family come from the region the tie is being held in, Logrono, and his father and the rest of his family were present to support him.

>Wawrinka Ruins Spain’s Run On Home Clay

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Stanislas Wawrinka has found a way to hurt Spain on clay defeating Nicolas Almagro 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Spain had won their last 18 consecutive matches on home clay. The match was just one minute shy of 4 hours, with Wawrinka coming from behind twice to seal the necessary opening rubber against the Spaniards, giving the Swiss a chance of beating the Spaniards on home soil. The bad news for the Swiss is the entire Spanish team are clay court specialists, and the Swiss are going to have to win 2 more rubbers to move through to the next round.

Almagro, who played the Australian Open with a broken wrist, at times dominated Wawrinka, who looked completely off at various points in the match. But ultimately it was the greater experience of Wawrinka that pulled him through, maintaining his game plan despite a patchy performance.

Last years finals hero, David Ferrer, evened the tie at 1-1 after destroying Marco Chiudinelli 6-2, 7-6, 6-1. The first set was done and done before much time had past. Suddenly Chiudinelli must has remembered the last time he played Ferrer (admittedly in a dead rubber in Davis Cup) he had beaten Ferrer, because he raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set. Over the next few games he gifted Ferrer 10 double faults, allowing Ferrer back in the set.

The Swiss will now play the Spaniards in doubles on Saturday, hoping to win the all important match that often decides the meets. Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers will take on Stanislas Wawrinka and Yves Allegro at 4pm on Saturday, giving Wawrinka a chance to recover. With the very experienced Robredo on side for the doubles, the Spaniards are bound to come out on top.

>Spain Are Down Two Knees And A Leg But Are Still Favourites In The Davis Cup

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Their top 3 players may be down and out for the count, but the Spaniards have nothing to fear from Switzerland in their Davis Cup tie. Rafael Nadal (knee), Fernando Verdasco (injured nerve in leg) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (knee) are all out of the first tie injured but will be replaced by Nicolas Almagro, Tommy Robredo, Marcel Granollers, and last years finals hero, David Ferrer. Luckily for Spain their current generation of tennis players is so strong that captain Albert Costa frequently has to turn away top 20 players.

As Costa says “Normally, it’s very difficult to pick between the players because it’s very small things that make you decide. It’s not nice because you have to tell huge players they are not in the team, but you have to do it. I always say that the biggest weapon for Spain is that we have a lot of players, we can maybe choose two teams. But while it’s important that these guys are in the team their replacements are huge players so that’s why it gives me confidence.”

The Swiss team were always going to be without Roger Federer, who, although he is currently unwell, never made himself available for this first tie against Spain, possibly fearing a showdown with Rafa on clay with national and personal pride on the line. On home soil, on the red dirt of Spain, Rafa was always the favourite to win that rubber, but it would have been an interesting showdown between arguably the two best clay courters in the world. It is, however, not unusual for Federer to not make himself available for the first tie, which on this occasion is when they need him most.

In even worse news for the Swiss team, the Spaniards have won their last 18 ties on home soil, which stretches back to 1999. They have also not lost a tie on clay since 1993 against the Netherlands when they lost 2-3.

Stanislas Wawrinka is returning to the tour for his first match since the Australian Open after the birth of his daughter. He will take on Nico in the opening rubber.

The line up for the weekends tie currently is as follows;

Friday
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
David Ferrer (ESP) v Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)

Saturday
Marcel Granollers/Tommy Robredo (ESP) v Yves Allegro/Stansilas Wawrinka (ESP)

Sunday
David Ferrer (ESP) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)

>Nadal And Verdasco To Sit Out Davis Cup

>With Rafa Nadal still out of action, recovering from a knee injury sustained in this years Australian Open, and fellow top ten player Fernando Verdasco also sitting out the first meet of the year, Spain has named Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers to play the Swiss. The two time defending champions are set to play the Swiss team (minus Roger Federer) on the red clay at Plaza de Toros de la Ribera in Logrono, Spain.

Fernando Verdasco has not been picked due to an injury, apparently a nerve injury in his leg, however he continues to play in Acapulco where he will next play Kubot after defeating Fabio Fognini in 3 sets in his opening round match. Juan Carlos Ferrero is also playing in the same event hoping to win 3 tournaments in a row.

30 year old Ferrero will lead the Spaniards in the tie.

>Santiago, Zagreb And Johannesburg Tournament Updates

>Gael Monfils continued his top form in the SA Open blasting past Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 and will now face Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the semi finals on Saturday.

Fellow Spaniard David Ferrer is also through to the semi finals posting a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Somdev Davvarman (India) in just 67 minutes. Ferrer next faces Stephane Robert for a place in the finals.

All of the semi finalists will be playing their opponent for the first time.

Over in Zagreb, Croat Marin Cilic survived 24 aces from Ivo Karlovic winning 7-6, 6-4 to book a place in the semi finals of the indoor tournament where he will next face Jurgen Melzer. Cilic continues his good form in his attempt to defend his title after a semi final showing at the Australian Open and his recent move into the top ten for the first time in his career. Cilic leads the head to head with Melzer 3-1.

In Santiago, defending champion Fernando Gonzalez has just taken the first set in a tie break from Marcel Granollers. Juan Monaco defeated Australian Peter Luczak in 3 sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.